A new method for discriminating African-American from European-American skeletons using postcranial osteometrics reflective of body shape

Trenton W. Holliday, Anthony B. Falsetti

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Abstract

A discriminant function analysis based on seven postcranial measurements for the metric assessment of race is presented. A sample from the Terry Collection (NMNH) was used to create independent functions for African- American males and females, and European-American males and females. The functions were tested using known forensic cases from the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory. Based on the Terry Collection sample, correct classification of race for males was 87.0%, and for females 100.0%. For the independent test population, correct classification for males was 81.8%, and for females only 57.1%. The low classification for females is most likely due to sample bias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-930
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1999

Keywords

  • Body proportions
  • Discriminant functions
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic science
  • Race determination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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