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Estimating puberty in a prehistoric skeletal collection

Legge, Scott S. (2005) Estimating puberty in a prehistoric skeletal collection. Annals of Human Biology, 32 (3). pp. 383-389. ISSN 0301-4460. (doi:10.1080/03014460500097278) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:164)

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Abstract

A method was introduced to estimate the age of puberty in prehistoric skeletal collections using stages of fusion of the epiphyses of the distal humerus, proximal radius and proximal ulna, as well as fusion of the ilium, ischium and pubis. Fusion of these bones is associated with the hormonal release coincident with the onset of puberty. Dental age-at-death and stage of fusion of these bones were compared in 22 sub-adult individuals from the Moundville (1TU500) site in Alabama, USA. The age for the onset of puberty in this skeletal sample from Moundville, including both males and females, was estimated to be 14.95 ± 2.53 years. These results represent an initial application of this methodology to a small data set. The application of this method on a larger scale may provide a better understanding of reproductive lifespans in earlier populations, as well as insight into possible effects of nutritional or socio-economic differences on the sexual development of children within those populations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/03014460500097278
Uncontrolled keywords: Epiphyseal fusion, puberty, skeletal remains
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Nicola Kerry-Yoxall
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:02 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 16:01 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/164 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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