Microscopic age estimation from the anterior cortex of the femur in Korean adults

Seung Ho Han, Sang Hyun Kim, Yong Woo Ahn, Gi Yeong Huh, Dai Soon Kwak, Dae Kyoon Park, U. Young Lee, Yi Suk Kim

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-522
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2009

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Funding Information:
The work of C. P. was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under contract W-7405-Eng-43.


  • Age estimation
  • Femur
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic science
  • Histomorphometry
  • Korean


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