Sex determination using upper limb bones in Korean populations

Je Hun Lee, Yi Suk Kim, U. Young Lee, Dae Kyoon Park, Young Gil Jeong, Nam Seob Lee, Seung Yun Han, Kyung Yong Kim, Seung Ho Han

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The purpose of this research is to establish metric standards for the determination of sex from the upper limb bones of Korean. We took a set of eleven measurements on each of 175 right sides of adult skeletons chosen at Korean sample. Classification accuracy dropped only one or two individuals when only vertical head diameter of humerus is used. Variables in relation with maximal length were less accurate than head diameter of humerus. Two variables were selected by the stepwise procedure: maximal length of humerus, vertical head diameter of humerus. The combined accuracy was 87%. This study of modern Korean skeletons underscores the need for population-specific techniques, not only for medicolegal investigations, but also for the study of population affinities and factors affecting bone configurations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-201
Number of pages6
JournalAnatomy and Cell Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

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  • Korean
  • Partial measurements
  • Sex determination
  • Upper limb bone


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