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Sternal index: Is it a reliable indicator of sex in the Maharashtrian population of India?
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PMID:  19134997     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sex determination is an important initial step in forensic investigation of unknown human skeletal remains. The present analysis is an attempt to determine the sex of the sternum using sternal index as a parameter in a Maharashtrian population of India. Sternal index is calculated in 115 adult sternums of confirmed sex (75 male and 40 female) for sexual dimorphism. The sternal index is derived by dividing the length of manubrium by the length of mesosternum and multiplying it by 100. Although the sternal index is found to be significantly higher in females, the analysis suggests that sex determination cannot be made conclusively from the sternal index in the Maharashtra region of western India. The study further concludes that the applicability of Hyrtl's law in sex determination is limited.
Shahin A Hunnargi; Ritesh G Menezes; Tanuj Kanchan; Stany W Lobo; Selma Uysal; N G Herekar; Kewal Krishan; R K Garg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-10-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic and legal medicine     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1752-928X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-12     Completed Date:  2009-05-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101300022     Medline TA:  J Forensic Leg Med     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Forensic Anthropology / methods*
Middle Aged
Models, Statistical
Sex Determination by Skeleton / methods*
Sternum / anatomy & histology*

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