skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 219241 Find in a Library
Title: Estimation of Age-at-Death for Adult Males Using the Acetabulum, Applied to Four Western European Populations
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:52  Issue:4  Dated:July 2007  Pages:774-778
Author(s): Carme Rissech Ph.D.; George F. Estabrook Ph.D.; Eugenia Cunha Ph.D.; Assumpcio Malgosa Ph.D.
Date Published: July 2007
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This experiment tested a recently published method for estimating adult age from observations of skeletal elements based on the acetabulum (the cup-shaped socket of the hipbone) and Bayesian inference, developed using the Coimbra collection (Portugal).
Abstract: The study found that the observations of the fused acetabulum can be used to make accurate estimates of age for adults of any age in Western European populations, with less accurate estimates when a more distant reference collection is used. These estimations are generally more accurate than those based on observation of other areas of the pelvis formerly used for this purpose. The acetabulum is especially useful because its relevant structure tends to remain well-preserved long after death. Thus, more studies of the acetabulum as an indicator of age at death should be conducted in order to better understand how the acetabulum changes during the aging process in different populations. Males with fused acetabulum were used in this study. The bone materials came from four collections of human skeletal remains from Western Europe. Each specimen's sex, age-at-death, and biological origin were known. The wide range in ages enabled the examination of a broad spectrum of the structural variation of the fused acetabulum through the human life span. Age at death was estimated in four different ways with different collections for test and reference. 2 tables, 7 figures, and 31 references
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Age determination; Bone analysis; Death investigations; Forensic sciences; Investigative techniques; Male survivors; Western Europe
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.