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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2023

Assessing Rodgers’ Visual Method of Determining the Sex of Skeletal Remains Using the Distal Humerus

Bryce Hansen

Senior, Anthropology


 This study investigates an old method created by Rogers TL to determine sex based on four morphological features of the posterior, distal humerus. The original study consisted of a total of 128 individuals, 102 males, and only 26 females. With an outstanding 92% accuracy at determining sex, the method could be very useful in forensics, but with such a low sample size, scientists have a hard time trusting the method in the field. This study expands on the original method increasing the number of individuals of, both males and females, to validate the original study to make a reliable method.

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