Age assessment of child skeletal remains in forensic contexts

Mary E. Lewis, Ambika Flavel

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Abstract

Of all the techniques used to identify children's skeletal remains, age assessment is the most reliable a forensic anthropologist can provide. In forensic contexts, assigning an age to a living child of unknown identity may be necessary when the child is the victim of a crime, suspected of a crime, when penal codes differentiate law and punishment for children of different ages, or if the child is a refugee of uncertain age. This chapter outlines the methods and caveats of skeletal and dental age estimations in nonadult skeletal remains, with published case studies and experiences from investigations after the Guatemalan armed conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Anthropology and Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationComplementary Sciences From Recovery to Cause of Death
PublisherHumana Press
Pages243-257
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)1588298248, 9781588298249
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

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    Lewis, M. E., & Flavel, A. (2006). Age assessment of child skeletal remains in forensic contexts. In Forensic Anthropology and Medicine: Complementary Sciences From Recovery to Cause of Death (pp. 243-257). Humana Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59745-099-7_10