Journal Published Online: 01 September 1999
Volume 44, Issue 5

A New Method for Discriminating African-American from European-American Skeletons Using Postcranial Osteometrics Reflective of Body Shape



A discriminant function analysis based on seven postcranial measurements for the metric assessment of race is presented. A sample from the Terry Collection (NMNH) was used to create independent functions for African-American males and females, and European-American males and females. The functions were tested using known forensic cases from the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory.

Based on the Terry Collection sample, correct classification of race for males was 87.0%, and for females 100.0%. For the independent test population, correct classification for males was 81.8%, and for females only 57.1%. The low classification for females is most likely due to sample bias.

Author Information

Holliday, TW
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Falsetti, AB
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
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Stock #: JFS12018J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS12018J