Journal Published Online: 01 January 2002
Volume 47, Issue 1

A Test of the Phenice Method for the Estimation of Sex



The Phenice method for the estimation of sex of an individual from the pelvis was tested on 198 individuals of known sex from the Terry collection by an individual with training in the technique, but no additional training in forensic anthropology. Sex was correctly estimated in 88.4% of all individuals and more accurately estimated in females than in males. In a subsequent test of the same individuals by the same investigator utilizing additional nonmetric pelvic indicators, overall accuracy increased to 96.5%, with slightly greater accuracy for males. The study suggests that experience likely contributes to the accuracy of the Phenice method and that for inexperienced investigators, consultation of all pelvic indicators offers an advantage over using just the three variables in the Phenice method.

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Ubelaker, DH
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Volk, CG
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15200J