Full skeleton stature estimation

Michelle H. Raxter, Christopher B. Ruff

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Stature estimated from skeletal remains is a common parameter in forensics used to aid in the identification of decedents. The anatomical method is an adult stature estimation technique that involves the measurement of several skeletal elements that contribute to total standing height. This chapter summarizes the history of the anatomical method, reviews its key developments, presents critical analysis of recent relevant published reports, and offers recommendations. Issues such as age-related stature decline, cadaver stature, and tissue correction factors are discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of the method are also considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128054291
ISBN (Print)9780128125380
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Anatomical method
  • Body proportions
  • Fully technique
  • Osteometrics
  • Postcranial
  • Skeleton
  • Stature
  • Vertebrae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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