Comparative Radiographic Study of Human and Animal Long Bone Patterns

    Volume 32, Issue 6 (November 1987)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 November 1987

    Page Count: 10


    Glassman, DM
    Assistant professor, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

    Chilvarquer, I
    Visiting professor, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

    Cottone, JA
    Professor and head, Section on Forensic Odontology, Department of Dental Diagnostic Science, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

    Katz, JO
    Resident, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

    Prihoda, TJ
    Assistant professor, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

    (Received 5 January 1987; accepted 13 April 1987)

    Abstract

    The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that certain radiographic features can be found to distinguish between human and animal long bone fragments, and therefore would be useful as an adjunct in forensic science identification. Using proposed radiographic criteria, 13 archeologists and 12 dentists were asked to identify 20 radiographic samples as representing human or animal bone. Results showed that archeologists correctly identified 86.8% of the samples, and dentists correctly identified 81.9%. Based on the results of this study, it was concluded that radiographic interpretation of long bone fragments may be a useful aid in a forensic science investigation of human and animal remains.


    Paper ID: JFS11222J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11222J

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