The latest in my ‘Learn Something New Every Day’ series which I started doing about eighteen months ago when I started boring even myself at dinner parties… Taken from The Great Courses’ Trails of Evidence – How Forensic Science Works lecture series (Lecture 23 – Forensic Anthropology)
Age assessments conducted on the skeletons of young people are based on development/maturation of their bones (lengths, join points, skull sutures, ossification). But age assessments on skeletons over thirty are based on de-generational change. (arthritis, bone mineral loss, injury, overuse, bone cartilage lost)
What a depressing thought.