Remodeling Forensic Skeletal Age

Remodeling Forensic Skeletal Age

Modern Applications and New Research Directions

1st Edition - April 22, 2021

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  • Editors: Bridget Algee‐Hewitt, Jieun Kim
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128243701
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128243916

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Remodeling Forensic Skeletal Age: Modern Applications and New Research Directions presents a comprehensive understanding of the analytical frameworks and conceptual approaches surrounding forensic age estimation and the current state of the field. The book also includes a series of recommendations of best practice through chapter-examples that offer theory and guidance for data acquisition, technique and/or model development, and the assessment of impact of the adopted approaches. Written by leading, international experts, the book's contributors provide an introduction, conceptual understanding and taxonomy of statistical frameworks and computational approaches, including the Bayesian paradigm and machine learning techniques for age estimation.

Key Features

  • Discusses core concepts in age estimation, along with key terminologies
  • Presents tactics on how readers can generate sound models that can be translated into forensic reports and expert testimony
  • Provides a step-wise approach and best practice recommendations for data acquisition, considerations in sampling, exploratory data analysis, visualization, and sources of error for appropriate and reproducible research design
  • Includes examples, theory and guidance on how to develop models for age estimation and reviews the impact of population-specific and universal approaches


Graduate students, emerging professionals, established professionals, practitioners, researchers and faculty in bioarchaeology. Graduate students, emerging professionals, established professionals, practitioners, researchers and faculty in bioanthropology, human biology, forensic sciences, anatomy, orthopedics, pediatrics, gerontology and other medical sciences, and historical demography. Advanced undergraduates in anthropology

Table of Contents

  • A - Longstanding problems of “the population”

    1. Using data from the US Korean War Dead and the Terry Collection to demonstrate problems of the common “overlap methods”
    Lyle W. Konigsberg

    2. Testing for differences in senescence using score data to understand the effects of reference sample choices
    Susan R. Frankenberg

    B - Aging across the ages

    3. Subadult age estimation variables: Exploring their varying roles across ontogeny
    K.E. Stull, L.K. Corron, and M.H. Price

    4. Aging the elderly: Does the skull tell us something about age at death?
    Flavia Teixeira and Eugenia Cunha

    5. Population variation in diaphyseal growth and age estimation of juvenile skeletal remains
    H.F.V. Cardoso, L. Spake, L. Rı´os, and J. Albanese

    6. Great expectations: The rise, fall, and resurrection of adult skeletal age estimation
    George R. Milner, Jesper L. Boldsen, Stephen D. Ousley, Sara M. Getz, Svenja Weise, and Peter Tarp

    C - Computational methods come of age

    7. A volumetric approach to age estimation informed by voxel selection: Application to the spheno-occipital synchondrosis
    Nicolene Lottering, Mark D. Barry, Laura S. Gregory, Donna M. MacGregor, and Clair L. Alston-Knox

    8. The consecutive inference of ancestry and age from shape measures of the pubic symphysis
    Bridget FB Algee-Hewitt and Jieun Kim

    D - Classic indicators rejuvenated

    9. The fallacy of forensic age estimation from morphometric quantifications of the pubic symphysis
    Fred L. Bookstein and Guillermo Bravo Morante

    10. An application of the Bayesian San-Milla´n-Rissech acetabular aging method to an African American sample: Preliminary results
    Marta San-Millan

Product details

  • No. of pages: 260
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: April 22, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128243701
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128243916

About the Editors

Bridget Algee‐Hewitt

Bridget F.B. Algee-Hewitt is a biological anthropologist who studies skeletal and genetic trait variation in modern humans. Her research combines data analytic and hands-on laboratory approaches to the estimation of the personal identity parameters – like sex, ancestry, stature, and age – that are essential components of the biological profile used in forensic identification of unknown human remains and for the paleodemographic reconstruction of past population histories in bioarchaeology. Concerns for social justice, human rights, and issues of group disparities underlie much of her work. As a practicing forensic anthropologist and geneticist, she provides forensic casework consultation to the medico-legal community.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Scientist, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University

Jieun Kim

Jieun is a biological anthropologist whose specialty lies in human skeletal biology and its application to forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. Her doctoral dissertation investigated the extent of population variation (if it ever exits) in skeletal aging process using Southeast and East Asian populations and sought to develop a more inclusive age-at-death estimation method that is broadly applicable to Asians. To complete her fieldwork abroad, she was awarded the Wenner-Gren Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, the W. M. Bass Endowment and W. Leitner Award offered by the Forensic Anthropology Center, UTK, and the W. K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs, UTK. She has been working with skeletal remains in Korea, Japan, Thailand and the U.S., and as a part of the National Institute of Justice postdoctoral research, is currently building 3D laser scan data on those populations to extend the applicability of the fully computation age estimation methods to more diverse populations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Knoxville

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