Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Age Determination

Procedure in which the age at death of a specimen is estimated from established criteria such as suture closure on skeletal specimens or corpus albicans count on a contemporary human female. In osteological specimens, the estimation of age at death is based on such features as development of growth centers and epiphyseal closure, eruption and wear on dentition, and assessment of the amount of fusion of cranial sutures. Age determination is more reliable for subadults than for adults.

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