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Revista argentina de antropología biológica

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GARCIA-MANCUSO, Rocío. Congruencia entre edad esquelética y desarrollo dentario en una muestra osteológica con edad cronológica documentada. Rev Arg Antrop Biol [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.2, pp.103-109. ISSN 1514-7991.

Age estimation in subadults is considered to be more accurate than in adults because during this period the main morphological and functional events associated with growth and development occur, and the progressive changes that take place in the individual during its ontogeny are well known. Age estimation studies performed on infantile-juvenile skeletal remains are mainly based on two indicators: length of long bones and tooth development. Some research has focused on comparing the estimated ages yielded by both indicators. However, studies comparing these estimates in fetal and infant period are not as frequent. This paper aims to assess the relationship between chronological age and age estimated by biological indicators in a documented skeletal sample. To achieve this objective, a sample of 35 individuals with fetal age and up to 14 postnatal months without evidence of pathologies was selected. Documental age and age estimated by the length of long bones and stages of dentition development were compared. The results indicate that age estimation by dentition and long bones length is reliable in the fetal period, but dental age is the most accurate indicator in the postnatal period. The results are discussed in relation to growth studies, and their implications for bioanthropological studies are analyzed.

Keywords : Documented skeletal collections; Infant and fetal skeletons; Subadults.

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