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NCJ Number: 134453 Find in a Library
Title: Estimation of Stature from Metacarpal Lengths
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:37  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1992)  Pages:147-154
Author(s): L Meadows; R L Jantz
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 8
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Formulas for estimating stature from metacarpal lengths are presented based on an analysis of two samples of metacarpal specimens.
Abstract: The two samples involved 212 individuals from the Terry Collection of the Smithsonian Institution and 55 modern males who had measured statures. In the Terry Collection, all 10 metacarpals were measured for 53 black males, 53 white males, 55 black females, and 48 white females. One measurement, the midline length, was taken on each metacarpal. Stature was regressed on the basis of metacarpal length to derive equations for Terry Collection individuals. Comparisons between Terry Collection males and the modern sample showed the latter to have longer metacarpals and greater statures. Terry equations were tested using the modern male sample; despite certain differences, Terry equations performed acceptably on modern individuals. The performance was slightly better for whites than for blacks. Female equations were not tested. The authors conclude that metacarpals can be used for estimating stature when long bones are not available. 16 references, 7 tables, and 1 figure (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Bone analysis
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation; Forensic sciences; Victim identification
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