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Sexual dimorphism of the human mandible: demonstration by elliptical Fourier analysis.
International journal of legal medicine
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't - Publication Status: ppublish
A new quantitative approach of the mandibular sexual dimorphism, based on computer-aided image analysis and elliptical Fourier analysis of the mandibular outline in lateral view is presented. This method was applied to a series of 117 dentulous mandibles from 69 male and 48 female individuals native of Rhenish countries. Statistical discriminant analysis of the elliptical Fourier harmonics allowed the demonstration of a significant sexual dimorphism in 97.1% of males and 91.7% of females, i.e. in a higher proportion than in previous studies using classical metrical approaches. This original method opens interesting perspectives for increasing the accuracy of sex identification in current anthropological practice and in forensic procedures.
Female, Fourier Analysis, Humans, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Male, Mandible, Sex Characteristics
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