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dc.contributor.authorSulzmann, C.E.*
dc.contributor.authorBuckberry, Jo*
dc.contributor.authorPastor, R.F.*
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-02T12:24:51Z
dc.date.available2008-10-02T12:24:51Z
dc.date.issued2008-03
dc.identifier.citationSulzmann, C. E., Buckberry, J. and Pastor, R.F. (2008). The utility of carpals for sex assessment: a preliminary study. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Vol. 135, No. 3, pp. 252-262.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/694
dc.descriptionYesen
dc.description.abstractSex assessment is key when investigating human remains either from medicolegal contexts or archaeological sites. Sex is usually assessed by examination of the skull and pelvis, but this may not always be possible if skeletal material is fragmented or incomplete. The present study investigated the potential for using carpals to assess sex, utilizing one hundred individuals of known-sex from the Christ Church, Spitalfields Collection, curated at the Natural History Museum (London). A series of newly-defined measurements are applied to all eight carpals. Inter- and intra- observer error tests show that all measurements are satisfactorily reproduced by the first author and another observer. Paired t-tests to investigate side asymmetry of the carpals reveal that some, but not all, measurements are consistently larger on the right hand side than the left. Independent t-tests confirm that all carpals are sexually dimorphic. Univariate measurements produce accuracy levels that range from 64.6 to 84.7%. Stepwise discriminant function analysis, devised separately for left and right sides, provides reliable methods for assessing sex from single and multiple carpals, with an accuracy range of 71.7 to 88.6%. All functions derived are tested for accuracy on a sample of twenty additional individuals from the Christ Church, Spitalfields Collection.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/116842406/PDFSTARTen
dc.subjectMetrical Sexingen
dc.subjectCarpalsen
dc.subjectDiscriminant Functionsen
dc.subjectChrist Church Spitalfieldsen
dc.subjectSkeletal remainsen
dc.titleThe utility of carpals for sex assessment: a preliminary studyen
dc.status.refereedYesen
dc.typeArticleen


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