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dc.contributor.authorWasson, Emma W.
dc.description.abstractWhen you pass away, and eventually there is nothing left of you except for your bones, what will forensic anthropologists be able to tell the world about how you lived, and who you were when you were alive? Was your story long, or was it cut short by outside forces? Forensic anthropologists can give skeletons a human identity. This tactic may also be used to aid in the process of helping law enforcement to identifying missing persons. Age estimation is one contributing factor to a biological profile. Age estimation is a range of the youngest to oldest possible age of a person based on skeletal observations. These observations are made using multiple methods that categorize the condition of bone features into groups based on possible ages that closely match the condition of the skeleton. These methodologies include, but are not limited to, evaluation of the pubic symphysis, cranial sutures and dental wear. However, each method of age estimation is subject to inaccuracy. Due to this, multiple methods must be used in order to narrow down a possible age group. These issues, along with possible solutions, will be discussed.
dc.subjectAge Estimation
dc.subjectPubic Symphysis
dc.subjectCranial Suture Closure
dc.subjectDental Wear
dc.subjectDental Cementum
dc.titleAge Estimation of a Skeleton: Using the Methodologies of Pubic Symphysis Categorization, Cranial Suture Closure and Dental Wear
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.publicationtitleThe Spectrum: A Scholars Day Journal
dc.contributor.organizationState University of New York College at Brockport

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    The Spectrum: A Scholars Day Journal, is a faculty juried, cross-disciplinary, electronic journal. Its goal is the publication of outstanding, student produced scholarship presented at the College at Brockport annual Scholars Day. Scholar’s Day, which was instituted in 1984, is an annual celebration of scholarly pursuits by the campus community.

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