Failure of use of cemental annulations in teeth to determine the age of humans

C. S. Miller, S. B. Dove, J. A. Cottone

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The reliability of cemental annulation counts in teeth was examined to determine its value as an age indicator for humans. One hundred extracted human teeth were embedded in polyester casting resin and sectioned using a diamond wafering saw. Thin sections were photomicrographed, projected, and counted in a double blind random method of presentation. The age of the specimen was determined by adding the number of cemental annulations counted by the observers and the eruption age of the specific tooth that was used. The data analyzed by simple regression indicated that determining chronologic age in humans from cemental annulations is not possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-143
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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