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Evaluation of Stature Estimation from the Database for Forensic Anthropology*†

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 55 Issue: 3 Dated: 16 April 2010 Pages: 684-689
Date Published
6 pages

Since Trotter and Gleser’s (1–3) stature equations, conventionally used to estimate stature, are not appropriate to use in the modern forensic context. In the current study, stature is assessed with a modern (birth years after 1944) American sample (N=242) derived from the National Institute of Justice Database for Forensic Anthropology in the United States and the Forensic Anthropology Databank.


New stature formulae have been calculated using forensic stature (FSTAT) and a combined dataset of forensic, cadaver, and measured statures referred to as Any Stature (ASTAT). The new FSTAT-based equations had an improved accuracy in Blacks with little improvement over Ousley’s (4) equations for Whites. ASTAT-based equations performed equal to those of FSTAT equations and may be more appropriate because they reflect both the variation in reported statures and in cadaver statures. It is essential to use not only equations based on forensic statures, but also equations based on modern samples. (Publisher abstract provided)


Date Published: January 1, 2010