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Method to Estimate Body Mass of Human Remains Yields More Accurate Profile

Method to Estimate Body Mass of Human Remains Yields More Accurate Profile

When developing a biological profile of unidentified human remains, forensic anthropologists routinely estimate sex, age, ancestry and stature. Body mass, on the other hand, is generally not included. But, research has shown body mass can affect certain biological characteristics, including age—meaning estimates for individuals outside “normal” BMI may be incorrect. “As a forensic anthropologist, if I knew the individual was obese, I...

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BMI Danny Wescott Deborah Cunningham Forensic Anthropology Center Johns Hopkins University Wescott

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