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Investigations in Sex Estimation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128157787, 9780128162170

Investigations in Sex Estimation

1st Edition

An Analysis of Methods Used for Assessment

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Author: Donna Harrison
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128157787
eBook ISBN: 9780128162170
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd October 2018
Page Count: 448
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Investigations in Sex Estimation: A Comparison of Morphological and Metrical Methods is a collective comparison of the many morphological and metric methods currently used on adult and juvenile human remains. This single comprehensive resource for sex estimation in skeletal material includes discussion on the evolution of sexual dimorphism in modern humans, how sexual dimorphism manifests itself in those bones, the growth development in juveniles and how sexual dimorphism can be measured in their bones. Data is presented which contradicts previously held postulates and some different uses of sex estimation methods are suggested, such as using the grading system to assess evolutionary change in skeletons or grouping juveniles into smaller groups by age to better estimate sex. New insights are offered for future research from the presentation of case studies on gender and a comparison of the sex differences between two African-American collections which suggests a correlation between occupation and evolutionary change. To achieve the objective, data on 294 adults from four diverse collections of known sex are obtained using a total of 67 morphological and metric methods. An additional 23 morphological and metric methods used on juveniles, aged 0 to 18, from two of the collections. The methods are specific to either the cranium, mandible, pelvis, humerus or femur. The compilation of assessment of sex provides definitive answers on which type of method, morphological or metric, is more accurate, which morphological and metric methods are the most accurate, and which bones are more reliable to estimate sex especially in the absence of a pelvis. Investigations in Sex Estimation is intended to be used in the field and the laboratory for the identification of sex in human remains and aims to provide a wealth of data for future research in sexual dimorphic studies.

Key Features

  • Provides the anthropological community with the results of the first collective comparison of the many morphological and metric methods currently used on adults and juveniles
  • Introduces methods, reviews sexual dimorphism, and shares new insights for future research
  • Highly illustrated, using testing data from four very diverse skeletal collections


Forensic Anthropologists, Physical Anthropologists, Bioarchaeologists, Skeletal Biologists, Pathologists, Death Investigators, and other Forensic Scientists. Students and Academicians in Forensic Anthropology, Human Osteology, and Skeletal Biology

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    2. Background in Adult Sexual Dimorphism
    3. Background in Juvenile Sexual Dimorphism
    4. Skeletal Collections
    5. Methods
    6. Pilot Studies
    7. Main Study - Luis Lopes Skeletal Collection
    8. Main Study - Terry Collection
    9. Main Study - Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection
    10. Discussion
    11. Conclusion


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About the Author

Donna Harrison

As a Bioarchaeologist, Dr. Harrison analyses skeletons, collecting age, sex and pathology data as well as investigating population specific traits. All of these components, and more, provide a wealth of data as a researcher. She particularly studies collections that include juveniles as they provide early data on trends that are found in adults. Her research is on the estimation of sex using morphological and metric methods and will be the basis for her proposed work. Dr. Harrison has participated in archaeological digs in the UK, Belgium and Spain and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist in the United States. She is a member of the Paleopathology Association, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Society of American Archaeology and the American Institute of Archaeology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bioarchaeologist, Institute of Archaeology, University College, London, UK

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