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International Journal of Morphology

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SUAZO GALDAMES, Iván Claudio; ZAVANDO MATAMALA, Daniela Alejandra  y  SMITH, Ricardo Luiz. Blind Test of Mandibular Morphology with Sex Indicator in Subadult Mandibles. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2008, vol.26, n.4, pp.845-848. ISSN 0717-9502.

Loth & Henneberg (2001) indicated that it was possible determine the sex with a high degree of accuracy (81 %) in mandibles of children by observing the shape of the mandibular body. The purpose of this study was to evalúate in mandibles of Brazilians subadults the proposed method consistency; were used mandibles of 33 Brazilian children between 0 and 1 year of age, known sex, belonging to the coUection of skulls of the Federal University Sao Paulo (UNIFESP). We performed a blind test in two sessions by one observer based on the parameters descnbed by Loth & Henneberg. The results show between 57.5 and 60.5% of accuracy, being the most sensitive test for determining male (70%) than for females (38-46%). The results presented are lower than those reported by Loth & Henneberg and justify the need to assess the diagnostic methods of sex in subadults in specific populations.

Palabras clave : Sexual dimorphism; Determination of sex; Subadults; Mandible.

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