Stature estimation from the length of the sternum in South Indian males: A preliminary study

Kumar, Pradeep G and Kalthur, Sneha G and Shettigar, Sunder (2009) Stature estimation from the length of the sternum in South Indian males: A preliminary study. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 16. pp. 441-443. ISSN 1752-928X

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Abstract

Estimation of stature is one of the important initial steps during forensic analysis of human skeletal remains. The aim of the present study was to derive a linear regression formula for estimating stature of adult South Indian males from the length of the sternum. The study included 35 male sternums of South Indian origin dissected from cadavers during medico-legal autopsies. The linear regression equation [Stature = 117.784 + (3.429 � Sternal length)] was derived to estimate the stature from the length of the sternum. The correlation coefficient was 0.638. The standard error of the estimate was 5.64 cm. This preliminary study concludes that the length of the sternum can be used as a tool for stature estimation in adult South Indian males.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forensic science; Forensic anthropometry; Physical anthropology; Identification; Stature; Skeletal remains; Sternum; South India.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Anatomy
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2013 11:36
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 11:36
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/79351

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