J Bone Miner Metab 2021 Mar 13. Epub 2021 Mar 13.
Centre for Forensic Anthropology, Mail Bag Delivery Point M420, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, WA, 6009, Australia.
Introduction: Static cortical bone histomorphometry utilised in forensic age-at-death estimation generally examines only the anterior femoral mid-shaft, as biomechanical strain at the posterior femur is thought to result in increased bone remodelling, osteon density and adversely affect age-at-death estimates. As osteon density increases there is a corresponding decrease in geometric variables, such as osteon area and Haversian canal diameter. The present study tests whether the inverse relationship between osteon density and osteon geometry is reflected in a modern documented Australian sample, and if this relationship differs between the anterior and posterior femoral mid-shaft. Read More