Age estimation using the hand-wrist: morphological assessment of skeletal development in Western Australia

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    [Truncated abstract] With increasing global migration the importance of estimating age for living individuals has increased due to the need to assess legal culpability and/or legal and social characterisation in the absence of documentation. Age estimates in living sub-adult individuals rely on the analysis of radiographs or CT scans of skeletal morphology in order to evaluate the skeletal development based on morphoscopic or morphometric analyses. In Australia, various age estimation techniques have been utilised in order to evaluate the age of individuals who do not have documentation to determine legal minority/culpability. The latter estimation techniques are not population specific and are thus known to be less accurate than population specific standards for the estimation of age. The study aimed to produce sex specific age estimation standards for a contemporary Western Australian population from the morphoscopic evaluation of the skeletal development of the hand and wrist. The study sample comprised 360 individuals (180 male, 180 female) between birth and 25 years of age. Age assessment was performed following the established Greulich & Pyle and Tanner-Whitehouse morphoscopic methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2014


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