Volume 21, Issue 2 (April 1976)

    The State of the Art of Bone Identification by Chemical and Microscopic Methods

    (Received 27 March 1975; accepted 17 June 1975)

    Published Online: April

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Traditionally, identification of skeletal remains has been based on distinguishing morphological characteristics. In the past three decades there has been a greater development of techniques used in identification. In part, this effort has been stimulated by the practical need to identify a large number of dead from major wars and by the employment of statistical methods such as multivariate analysis. In addition, new morphological criteria are continually being discovered which will aid the investigator by assigning a racial or sexual classification to bones. Examples of these are tear duct size [2] and total subperiosteal area of the second metacarpal [3]. Although the latter technique is not fully developed, it offers great promise.


    Author Information:

    Fontan, CR
    Graduate student, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.

    Burnham, JT
    Graduate student, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.

    Preston-Burnham, J
    Graduate student, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.


    Stock #: JFS10502J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10502J

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    Title The State of the Art of Bone Identification by Chemical and Microscopic Methods
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