Human Evolution

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 35–42 | Cite as

The mandible — a measure of the nasopharynx

  • R. A. Hillowala
  • R. B. Trent


This investigation aims to ascertain the statistically significant correlation between the individual dimensions of the pharynx and those of the mandible, a bone most commonly found in anthropological finds and whose dimensions can be easily ascertained by radiography in clinical medicine. Further, this study establishes a method for projecting the dimensions of the nasopharynx and associated parts of the skull base from the dimensions of the mandible. Such projections can be useful in anthropological and forensic investigation and in clinical conditions such as sleep apnea.

Key words

Mandible nasopharynx correlation Homo sapiens bivariate linear regression equation least squares criterion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Hillowala
    • 1
  • R. B. Trent
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy andWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of Health ServicesState of CaliforniaSacramentoU.S.A.

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