Age estimation from the acetabulum in South African black males

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dc.contributor.author Botha, Deona
dc.contributor.author Pretorius, Samantha
dc.contributor.author Myburgh, Jolandie
dc.contributor.author Steyn, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-11T07:52:03Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05
dc.description.abstract Anthropologists are constantly seeking to improve methods for age estimation in the human skeleton. A new method was introduced about a decade ago that assesses the morphological changes that take place in the acetabulum as an individual ages. The pelvis is usually well preserved in forensic cases, which makes this method potentially valuable as an adult age indicator. This method employs seven variables, each with its own set of phases. To test the accuracy and reliability of this method, 100 black South African male acetabula from the Pretoria Bone Collection were assessed based on the criteria described in the original study. Box plots and transition curves were constructed to establish whether progression with age was visible and how it could possibly be modelled. Inter-observer reliability was also assessed by making use of Fleiss’s Kappa statistic. Five specimens were used as out-of-sample examples for which maximum likelihood (point) estimates were calculated. The results demonstrated that middle and older individuals’ age estimates were vastly underestimated. Inter-observer repeatability was poor, which suggested that the classification system most likely needs to be modified. A discussion and recommendation is given for improvement of reliability and repeatability of this method. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2017-05-30
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://link.springer.com/journal/414 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Botha, D, Pretorius, S, Myburgh, J & Steyn, M 2016, 'Age estimation from the acetabulum in South African black males', International Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 130, no. 3, pp. 809-817. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0937-9827 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1437-1596 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/s00414-015-1299-7
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51790
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Springer en_ZA
dc.rights © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015. The original publication is available at : http://link.springer.comjournal/414. en_ZA
dc.subject Age estimation en_ZA
dc.subject Acetabulum en_ZA
dc.subject Adult en_ZA
dc.subject Inter-observer en_ZA
dc.subject South African black males en_ZA
dc.title Age estimation from the acetabulum in South African black males en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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