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1.2.4. Do you know who this is?. Mildred Trotter! She measured the maximum length of the leg and arm bones of the skeletons of over 5,000 individuals of whom some were soldiers during World War II and the Korean War.

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Do you know who this is

Do you know who this is?

  • Mildred Trotter!

  • She measured the maximum length of the leg and arm bones of the skeletons of over 5,000 individuals of whom some were soldiers during World War II and the Korean War


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  • Dr. Trotter developed mathematical formulas that correlated their body height in life with the length of their arm and leg bones.


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  • Since she looked at such a large sample of bones, she was able to come up with equations for each bone, broken down by gender and ethnicity.


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  • Forensic anthropologists have worked to advance the research of Dr. Trotter and have created new methods for estimating stature from bones; however, her work is still highly respected and widely used by professionals. 


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  • In this activity, you will test Dr. Trotter’s formulas and use the length of your long bones to estimate your own height.

  • As a class, you will determine which bone measurement seems to best approximate height.

  • You will then explore how scientists can come up with the equations you have been working with in the last two projects by using class data to generate and test your own equation to predict height


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