Estimation of Age at Death Using Cortical Bone Histomorphometry

images[2]Estimating the age at death in the adult skeleton is problematic owing to the biological variability in age indictors and the differential skeletal response to environmental factors over an individual.s life. It is particularly difficult to accurately estimate age for individuals over 50 years of age. Thus, it is becoming increasingly important for anthropologists to improve age estimates through the use of multiple age indicators and various modalities of assessment (e.g., macroscopic and microscopic). Previously developed histological methods of age estimation using the femur demonstrate significant methodological issues that affect their reliability and accuracy. This research evaluates histological age estimation using the anterior femur and explores the biological limitations of bone turnover as an age indicator.
Personal Author C. Crowder
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