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The Andronowski Skeletal Collection for Histological Research: A Modern Anatomical Contribution

NCJ Number
Forensic Sciences Volume: 2 Issue: 1 Dated: 2022 Pages: 175-189
Date Published
15 pages

This document provides an introduction to the Andronowski Skeletal Collection for Histological Research, including descriptive and demographic information, and seeks to enable collaboration among national and international researchers interested in human skeletal biology.


The Andronowski Skeletal Collection for Histological Research (ASCHR) comprises the fastest-growing documented modern human skeletal collection in the world developed specifically for histological and imaging research. Initiated in 2017 by Dr. Janna M. Andronowski, the ASCHR provides a resource for the study of skeletal microarchitectural variability with advancing age and between the sexes. The primary objective is to use this unique skeletal archive for histological and imaging research, with the goal of furthering knowledge of human bone biology. Bone procurement has focused on two sites commonly used in histological age-at-death estimation in anthropology: the mid-shaft sixth rib and femoral mid-shaft. The ASCHR consists of over 1200 bone samples from 621 individuals and thousands of imaging files, with age-at-death ranging from 15–105 years. Additional information collected about ASCHR donors includes occupational history; alcohol, tobacco, and drug use history; a health questionnaire; and cause and manner of death. The ASCHR offers a novel opportunity to devise regression formulae for histological age-at-death estimation and answer questions concerning age-related microarchitectural changes and biomechanical processes. It further serves as a skeletal reference database for researchers from various disciplines, including medicine, anthropology, and the biological sciences. Here, the authors describe the background of the collection, ethical considerations, bone procurement processes, demographic composition, and existing imaging and histological data available to researchers. With this paper, the authors’ primary aims are to do the following: introduce the scientific community to ASCHR; present descriptive and demographic information regarding the collection; and encourage collaboration among national and international researchers interested in human skeletal biology. Publisher Abstract Provided

Date Published: January 1, 2022