Metric pair-matching of calcanei in commingled human remains cases : a case study from South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Peckmann, Tanya Rochelle
dc.creator Orr, Kayla Larissa
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-04T14:34:46Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-04T14:34:46Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other RA1059 O77 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/29009
dc.description xiii, 208 leaves : illustrations ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 169-188).
dc.description.abstract The current research uses the calcaneus to establish an accurate method of osteometric pair-matching in White, Black, and Coloured South Africans. Paired calcanei of 419 individuals (210 males, 209 females), 20 to 103 years old, were utilized. Six measurements were collected from each calcaneus. The MAXL and MIDB exhibited the least amount of directional and absolute asymmetry. Articular facets (DAFL, DAFB, MAFL, and MAFB) exhibited greater degrees of directional and absolute asymmetry. There were no statistically significant differences in directional and absolute asymmetry between sexes for most variables. There were statistically significant differences in absolute asymmetry between the three South African populations for some variables. Therefore, population-specific osteometric pair-matching methods are necessary. The statistic M was utilized to create reference tables for osteometric pair-matching. The values of M for MAXL for pair-matching comparisons resulted in the greatest reduction in the number of possible pairs with acceptable false rejection rates. The osteometric pair-matching tables of the current study can be combined with visual pair-matching techniques to assist in resolution of commingled remains cases. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc RA1059
dc.subject.lcsh Heel bone -- Variation -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Forensic osteology -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Forensic osteology -- Methodology
dc.subject.lcsh Human remains (Archaeology) -- South Africa
dc.title Metric pair-matching of calcanei in commingled human remains cases : a case study from South Africa en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Science
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Anthropology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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