Skeletal age determination based on the os pubis: A comparison of the Acsádi-Nemeskéri and Suchey-Brooks methods Authors
Received: 20 August 1989 Accepted: 25 November 1989 DOI:
Cite this article as: Brooks, S. & Suchey, J.M. Hum. Evol. (1990) 5: 227. doi:10.1007/BF02437238
After reviewing various systems of age determination based on analysis of the pubic bone, the discussion concentrates on the collection and preparation of an extensive autopsy sample (n=1225) of pubic bones from modern individuals with legal documentation of age at death (death and/or birth certificates). The
Suchey-Brooks method derived from this sample is described. The Acsádi-Nemeskéri system is evaluated in terms of the documented collection and it is seen that their five stage method focuses only on the early and late morphological changes. The intermediate stages, in which the ventral rampart is in process of completion, are not described. Their suggested age ranges do not correspond with the documented modern sample. Based on these limitations of the Acsádi-Nemeskéri method, applications of the Suchey-Brooks system are discussed.
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