Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9963
Title: Sex Determination
Contributor(s): Dawson, Charlotte (author); Ross, Duncan (author); Mallett, Xanthe (author)
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1201/b10727-4
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9963
Abstract: Sex determination is the classification of an individual as either male or female. This evaluation is an integral part of a biological profile, which also includes the assessment of age, living stature, and ancestral origin. To achieve an assignation of sex, the anthropologist uses biological traits of the skeletal system that vary between the sexes for functional reasons. This variation is exhibited in soft and hard tissue (Plavcan 2001). This analysis is based on the maxim that function dictates form, so the purpose an element undertakes will dictate what that element looks like and how it responds to biomechanical loading and stress. Largely, forensic anthropology focuses on sexing skeletal remains, with little or no associated soft tissue.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Forensic Anthropology: 2000 to 2010, p. 61-94
Publisher: CRC Press
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, United States of America
ISBN: 9781439845899
9781439845882
Field of Research (FOR): 069901 Forensic Biology
160102 Biological (Physical) Anthropology
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Other Links: http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/37926105
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