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Human Evolution

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 373–378 | Cite as

Sex determination from the radius in humans

  • J. C. Allen
  • M. F. Bruce
  • S. M. MacLaughlin
Article

Abstract

The discriminatory capacity of the radius in sex determination was investigated in a Dutch skeletal collection of recent origin. Midshaft subperiosteal diameter, maximum length and maximum transverse distal width were measured from roentgenograms. The discriminatory capacity of the radius was found to be of the same order as that reported in the literature for the other long bones. Maximum transverse distal width showed the highest consistency (85%) between estimated and documented sex. This method requires only the presence of the distal fragment of the radius.

Key Words

Forensic Sex Determination Radius 

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© Editrice II Sedicesimo 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Allen
    • 1
  • M. F. Bruce
    • 1
  • S. M. MacLaughlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Marischal CollegeUniversity of AberdeenAberdeen

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