Comparative radiographic study of human and animal long bone patterns

I. Chilvarquer, J. O. Katz, D. M. Glassman, T. J. Prihoda, J. A. Cottone

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The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that certain radiographic features can be found to distinguish between human and animal long bone fragments, and therefore would be useful as an adjunct in forensic science identification. Using proposed radiographic criteria, 13 archeologists and 12 dentists were asked to identify 20 radiographic samples as representing human or animal bone. Results showed that archeologists correctly identified 86.8% of the samples, and dentists correctly identified 81.9%. Based on the results of this study, it was concluded that radiographic interpretation of long bone fragments may be a useful aid in a forensic science investigation of human and animal remains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1645-1654
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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