Stature estimation in prehistoric Native Americans of Ohio

Paul W. Sciulli, Kim N. Schneider, Michael C. Mahaney

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In the present report we investigate stature estimation techniques in a sample of 64 (35 male, 29 female) prehistoric Native Americans from Ohio. Because living stature is unknown for these 64 individuals, we use Fully's (1956) anatomical method to provide the best estimates of living stature. In this method all osseous components of skeletal height are measured and soft tissue correction is added. Comparisons of regression equations commonly used for stature estimation in prehistoric Eastern Woodland Native American populations, but developed for East Asian and East Asian—derived populations (using lower extremity components), show that these commonly used equations consistently yield stature estimates 2 to 8 cm in excess of the best estimates from Fully's method. Based on the skeletal height measures of the 64 individuals in the present sample, we develop regression equations for the estimation of stature. These equations yield stature estimates virtually identical to estimates from Fully's method and may prove useful for stature reconstruction in other prehistoric Eastern Woodland Native American populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-280
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Eastern Woodlands
  • Regression
  • Stature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology


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