Differentiating fragmented human and nonhuman long bone using osteon circularity.

  title={Differentiating fragmented human and nonhuman long bone using osteon circularity.},
  author={Annamaria Crescimanno and Sam Darrel Stout},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  volume={57 2},
Distinguishing between human and nonhuman bone is important in forensic anthropology and archeology when remains are fragmentary and DNA cannot be obtained. Histological examination of bone is affordable and practical in such situations. This study suggests using osteon circularity to distinguish human bone fragments and hypothesizes that osteons will more closely resemble a perfect circle in nonhumans than in humans. Standard histological methods were used, and circularity was determined using… CONTINUE READING
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