The purpose of this study was to develop age-predicting equations from the anterior cortex of the femur of Korean adults. Seventy-two femoral samples (44 male and 28 female) were obtained from Korean cadavers and used to develop the equations. The thin sections (<100-m thick) were prepared by manual grinding; the sections were not decalcified and were stained with Villanueva bone stain reagent. Analysis of covariance showed no significant differences in age-adjusted histomorphological variables between sexes. In stepwise regression analysis, osteon population density, average osteon area, and the most anterior cortical width were selected for an age-predicting equation which produced a high regression correlation (R2 = 0.789). The average Haversian canal area was not significantly related to age for any specimen.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The work of C. P. was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under contract W-7405-Eng-43.
- Age estimation
- Forensic anthropology
- Forensic science