Petrovečki, Vedrana and Mayer, Davor and Šlaus, Mario and Strinović, Davor and Škavić, Josip
Prediction of stature based on radiographic measurements of cadaver long bones: a study of the Croatian population.
Journal of Forensic Sciences, 52 (3).
We tested a new approach to the stature prediction that could be used in the identification process of human skeletal remains of unknown identity. The stature of 19 female and 21 male adult cadavers was measured within 24 h after death and considered to be equal to the living stature. The antero-posterior radiographs of all limbs were taken, and the maximum length of the six long bones was measured from radiographs. There was a significant difference in the stature and maximum length of long bones between female and male cadavers (p<0.001 for all). The correlation between the stature and long bone length was the best for the humerus in females (r=0.792) and the tibia in males (r=0.891). Regression equations specific to the Croatian population were computed separately for each long bone in males and females and proven to be reliable in predicting the living stature of the individual.
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