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NCJ Number: 229699 Find in a Library
Title: Palatine Sutures as Age Indicator: A Controlled Study in the Elderly
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:55  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:153-158
Author(s): Jean-Pol Beauthier, M.D.; Philippe Lefevre, M.Sc.; Maurice Meunier, M.Sc.; Rosine Orban, Ph.D.; Caroline Polet, Ph.D.; Jean-Pierre Werquin, M.D.; Gerald Quatrehomme, M.D., Ph.D.
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Vault sutures have proven their low reliability for estimating age at death in individual forensic science cases. We broke down the palatine sutures of 134 skulls (with known sex and age at time of death) into 15 subparts and five stages of fusion to obtain a mean coefficient of obliteration (Cp), which was then linked to five age classes.
Abstract: We completed this study with multiple regression equations of total palatine suture scores. We compared our results with those obtained using the Mann method on the one hand and classically segmented and scored ectocranial suture age determination methods on the other. Palatine sutures generally do not estimate age at death any better than cranial vault sutures. Despite the partly subjective aspect of suture study, palatine suture observation contributes additional information to age-range estimation, especially in old and very old subjects where other methods lose their effectiveness. 10 tables, 3 figures, and 52 references (Published abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Age determination; Belgium; Bone analysis; Death investigations; Elderly victims; Foreign criminal justice research; Forensic sciences; Investigative techniques; Victim identification
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