(Received 13 March 1990; accepted 15 May 1990)
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The degree of obliteration of the maxillary sutures has recently been presented as a useful technique for predicting the age at death of adult skeletal remains. A replicative study of the method on a sample of male skeletons of verified age was undertaken to test its accuracy. Results indicated that the variability in predicted age, as reflected by the total suture score, was too great to recommend use of the method for age determination in individual forensic science cases.
Graduate student, Erindale College, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON
Graduate student and lecturer, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
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