Three age estimation techniques using ectocranial and/or endocranial suture closure are tested on a sample of known age from Spitalfields, London in order to determine the value of cranial suture closure as an indicator of age at death. The three techniques are those proposed by Acsádi and Nemeskéri, Meindl and Lovejoy and Perizonius. Results indicate that the Acsádi and Nemeskéri technique, which is based on endocranial sutures, can be used to distinguish young and middle-aged individuals in the Spitalfields sample but gives no information for crania over the age of 50 years. Age estimation using the Meindl and Lovejoy and Perizonius (Old system) techniques, which use ectocranial sutures, was found to be subject to a number of complicating factors, of which sexual dimorphism in the rate and pattern of closure is the most significant. A method of estimating age at death based on both endocranial and ectocranial suture closure is developed on the basis of the Spitalfields sample. The technique attempts to overcome some of the problems associated with both intra- and interpopulation variation in cranial suture closure. For a truly accurate age-estimation technique based on cranial suture closure we would need to know more about the causes and functions of suture closure in human populations.
"The oldest and probably most controversial methods in skeletal age estimation are those based on the obliteration of cranial sutures. Several studies have investigated the reliability of these systems, and several revised methods have been used on different populations (Key et al., 1994; Perizonius, 1984) in the last decades, but their accuracy in overall use is still problematic. Moreover, many researchers have observed that ectocranial suture closure pattern in particular has an extreme variability, leading them to conclude that the methods based on them are inaccurate and problematic in determination of the age of skeletonized individuals (Brooks, 1955; Cray et al., 2011b; Hershkovitz et al., 1997; Powers, 1962; Sahni et al., 2005; Singer, 1953; Wolff et al., 2012). "
"Some studies have confirmed gender differences in the ossification of cranial sutures, while others have refuted it [15, 16, 18, 19, 25]. In this study, analysis of age estimations based on the “Average method” scoring suggests that suture closure occurs more rapidly in women. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Closure of cranial sutures progresses with age; therefore, macroscopic assessment of cranial sutures has been used as one method of age estimation. Postmortem computed tomography (PMCT), which many forensic medical departments and institutes have begun to adopt, has the potential to simplify the gathering of information from cranial sutures for both surface and cross-sectional evaluation. To examine the feasibility of age estimation by cross-sectional multidetector computed tomography images of the sagittal suture, PMCT findings of 125 subjects of known age and sex were retrospectively reviewed. The sagittal suture was divided into four segments, and 20 cross-sectional slices from each segment were analyzed. These slices were each categorized by visual evaluation into one of the seven stages defined by Harth et al. according to the degree of closure. The mean stage value of 20 slices was calculated for each segment. We were able to evaluate cross-sectional images of the sagittal suture by PMCT, and a positive correlation between age and closure degree was observed. Despite the prediction interval achieved with this method not being superior to traditional macroscopic or flat-panel CT assessment, multidetector CT is a potentially useful tool, in conjunction with other methods, for age estimation, particularly in adult females and in cases where only a skull is the sole remain.
Deutsche Zeitschrift für die Gesamte Gerichtliche Medizin 06/2013; 127(5). DOI:10.1007/s00414-013-0883-y · 2.71 Impact Factor
"These findings suggest relevant inter-population difference in the pattern of suture obliteration, and it is therefore understandable that some practitioners in the field claim that it is an unreliable method of determining the age of the cranium [26– 28,30–32]. Although lack of high efficiency was often cited as a shortcoming, some researchers suggest that the problem with most existing methods is that they use mean closure scores instead of using individual suture parts (a method that seems to correlate more with the biological age), and methods should be updated and used together with other ageing methodologies . Above all, some authors expect correlation between suture fusion and increasing masticatory strain with age, and they conjecture that such mechanical factors can also have an effect, especially on ectocranial suture closure . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Several methods of estimating age on the basis of human skeletal remains are used all over the world, methods that were established using known age and sex databases or during medicolegal autopsies. Over the course of the past several decades, many tests have been carried out on various populations to confirm the applicability of these methods in age assessment. While the opinions of experts vary regarding the cranial suture closure techniques, morphology of the sternal end of the fourth rib has been proven to be more accurate as an age assessor. The purpose of this paper is to test the reliability of three age estimation methods on a Central European population. Observation of ecto- and endocranial suture closure after Meindl and Lovejoy and Acsádi and Nemeskéri (239 individuals in the case of Meindl and Lovejoy and 238 in the case of Acsádi and Nemeskéri) and morphology of the sternal ends of the third, fourth and fifth ribs in accordance with Işcan (116 individuals) was done on a Hungarian sample of known sex and age at death at autopsy procedures. According to the observations, (1) the state of ectocranial suture closure was so erratic that it was not useful in age assessment, (2) obliteration phases of the endocranial sutures yield only a rough estimation, and (3) age determination from sternal ends of the ribs was the most reliable, especially with the application of slightly expanded age intervals on the Hungarian population.
Forensic science international 09/2012; 223(1-3). DOI:10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.08.033 · 2.14 Impact Factor
Amel Dudakovic, Emily T Camilleri, Fuhua Xu, Scott M Riester, Meghan E McGee-Lawrence, Elizabeth W Bradley, Christopher R Paradise, Eric A Lewallen, Roman Thaler, David R Deyle, A Noelle Larson, David G Lewallen, Allan B Dietz, Gary S Stein, Martin A Montecino, Jennifer J Westendorf, Andre J van Wijnen
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