International Journal of Anthropology

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 347-352

First online:

Sex determination of fetal and neonate skeletons by means of discriminant analysis

  • H. SchutkowskiAffiliated withInstitut für Anthropologie der Universität

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Facing the requirements of refined paleodemographical analyses, the access to the early ontogenetic sex ratio of skeletal populations is an important feature. Using raw data provided byFazekas & Kosa (1978) for a sample of known sex, discriminant functions are derived from hip and thigh bone dimensions that allow an almost unbiased classification of more than 70% of fetal and neonate individuals.

Key words

Immature human skeletons Sex diagnosis Discriminant analysis Paleodemography Hip and thigh bone dimensions