Age determination using the human skeleton. Forensic Anthropology 11-21-2008. Age determination at death. Methods based on Skeletal growth and dentition Subadults (fetus to young adult) Based on ossification and fusion Deterioration of skeleton with advancing age Adults Not as accurate.
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Suture closures – not a consistent rate of closure, best for estimation only
Sagittal closes first – posterior to anterior
Squamousal – RARELY closes
Lapsed union – sutures not fully closed, but bulges at the edges
Granular pits/pacchionian depressions increase on interior of skull toward midlineAge and the adult skull (p.44)