Utility of Dorsal Pits and Pubic Tubercle Height in Parity Assessment

    Volume 48, Issue 6 (November 2003)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 November 2003

    Page Count: 5


    (Received 15 July 2003; accepted 10 July 2003)

    Abstract

    Parity indicators in human skeletal material are highly desirable yet elusive. In this study, the relationships of dorsal pits and pubic tubercle elongation to parity are investigated in a sample of 148 modern female sets of pubic bones with associated birth information. The elongation of the pubic tubercle shows no significant correlation with number of births, but instead is associated with the distance this feature is from the pubic symphysis (p < 0.01) and the size of the arcuate angle (p < 0.05). Dorsal pits show a strong association with increasing numbers of births (p < 0.01), especially in younger women. However, in women over 50 years old, dorsal pitting is correlated with BMI (p < 0.05) and is not significantly correlated with number of births. While this study lends support to the correlation of dorsal pitting and parity, it currently does not reach the level of accuracy needed for forensic applications at the level of the individual.


    Paper ID: JFS2003027

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003027

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    Title Utility of Dorsal Pits and Pubic Tubercle Height in Parity Assessment
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