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International Journal of Morphology

versión On-line ISSN 0717-9502

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JIMENEZ-ARENAS, Juan Manuel. Sex Discrimination in a Middle Age Population of the Southern Iberian Peninsula by the Use of Simple Variables. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2010, vol.28, n.3, pp.667-672. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022010000300003.

Sex determination on osteological remains is key since it is the initial step to establish another kind of biological and cultural inferences. Though sex determination arises easily when some particular parts of the skeleton are collected, specifically the pelvis and the skull, this target is more difficult from other bones, specifically when they are fragmented. In the present paper a study on sex discrimination based on simple humeral variables is shown. The use of the Lubischew’s test show that at least one variable in each part of the humerus provides a discriminant percentage close to 90%. These results are compared with those obtained by discriminanting analysis. From an archaeological point of view, the Lubischew’s test is a useful tool to infer the sex of the uncertain individuals belonging to large enough samples with previous reliable sex assigments.

Palabras clave : Sex discrimination; Middle Age; Humerus; Lubischew’s Test; Discriminant Analysis.

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