Journal article

The incidence of asymmetrical left/right skeletal and dental development in an Australian population and the effect of this on forensic age estimations

Richard B Bassed, Christopher Briggs, Olaf H Drummer

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEGAL MEDICINE | SPRINGER | Published : 2012

Abstract

The prevalence of developmental asymmetry between left and right sides of the body in the third molar tooth and medial clavicular epiphysis is examined in a contemporary Australian population (92% Caucasian). The contention that differences between left and right side developmental timing is statistically insignificant, and can therefore be ignored in forensic age estimation procedures, is questioned. It was found that of a population sample of 604 individuals, 177 displayed asymmetrical timing in development between antimeres of the third molar, the medial clavicle or both. There was no correlation found between the third molar tooth and medial clavicular epiphysis in terms of left/right sy..

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