Contribution of Microscopic Plant Anatomy to Postmortem Bone Dating

    Volume 42, Issue 1 (January 1997)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 4


    Lacoste, A
    Professor, Laboratory of Vegetal Biology, URA CNRS 1492 (National Center of Scientific Research), Université Paris-Sud, Batiment, Orsay Cedex,

    Ollier, A
    Professor of Forensic Medicine, Laboratory of Forensic Medicine, Faculté de Médecine, Avenue de Vallombrose, Nice Cedex 2,

    Grévin, G
    Anthropologist, Laboratory of Physical Anthropology, CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research), Draguignan,

    Quatrehomme, G
    Forensic pathologist, Maire de Conférences des Universités, Laboratory of Forensic Medicine, Faculté de Médecine, Avenue de Vallombrose, Nice Cedex 2,

    Bailet, P
    Anthropologist, Laboratory of Physical Anthropology, CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research), Draguignan,

    (Received 14 August 1995; accepted 21 May 1996)

    Abstract

    The authors describe a microscopical method of studying plant anatomy for estimating the age of vegetal organs which can help to date bones. This procedure was not based on counting the number of annual rings, as usually, but on demonstrating a completely primary structure without development of secondary formations; this material was considered as a part of a young root system whose development would correspond to about one year. The usefulness and limits of this procedure are discussed.


    Paper ID: JFS14084J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14084J

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    Title Contribution of Microscopic Plant Anatomy to Postmortem Bone Dating
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