Long bone (humerus, femur, tibia) measuring procedure in cadavers.

J Forensic Sci 2014 Sep 19;59(5):1325-9. Epub 2014 Feb 19.

Departamento de Anatomía, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Universidad 3000, C.P. 04510, México D.F., Circuito Interior S/N, México; Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Periférico Sur y Zapote S/N, Colonia Isidro Fabela, C.P. 14030, Tlalpan, México D.F, México.

In this work, we present a measuring methodology for long bones of the limbs (humerus, femur, and tibia) of human corpses. Measurements of cadaveric height and long bone lengths were conducted on 72 corpses (20 females and 52 males) from the School of Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Additionally, these measurements were compared with those taken from dry bones of a subsample of individuals. Our results show marginal differences (TEM% = 0.59) between cadaveric and dry bone measurements, resulting from different osteometric technical procedures. This note outlines the measuring methodology, which will be subsequently used to create regression formulas for stature estimation.

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September 2014

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