Estimation of sex and stature using anthropometry of the upper extremity in an Australian population

Donna Howley, Peter Howley, Marc F. Oxenham*

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Stature and a further 8 anthropometric dimensions were recorded from the arms and hands of a sample of 96 staff and students from the Australian National University and The University of Newcastle, Australia. These dimensions were used to create simple and multiple logistic regression models for sex estimation and simple and multiple linear regression equations for stature estimation of a contemporary Australian population. Overall sex classification accuracies using the models created were comparable to similar studies. The stature estimation models achieved standard errors of estimates (SEE) which were comparable to and in many cases lower than those achieved in similar research. Generic, non sex-specific models achieved similar SEEs and R2 values to the sex-specific models indicating stature may be accurately estimated when sex is unknown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220.e1-220.e10
Number of pages10
JournalForensic Science International
Early online date16 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • Anthropometry
  • Forensic anthropology population data
  • Regression analysis
  • Sex estimation
  • Stature estimation


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