Lynch, J.J., Brown, C., Palmiotto, A., Maijanen, H. and Damann, F. (2019), Reanalysis of the Trotter Tibia Quandary and its Continued Effect on Stature Estimation of Past‐Conflict Service Members. J Forensic Sci, 64: 171-174. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.13806
Reanalysis of the trotter tibia quandary and its continued effect on stature estimation of past‐conflict service members
|Author:||Lynch, Jeffrey James1; Brown, Carrie1; Palmiotto, Andrea2;|
1Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, 106 Peacekeeper Drive, Bldg 301, Offutt Air Force Base, NE, 68113‐4006
2Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, 590 Moffet Street, Bldg 4077, Joint Base Pearl Harbor‐Hickam, HI, 96853‐5330
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202002104991
John Wiley & Sons,
|Publish Date:|| 2020-02-10
Forensic casework from past‐conflicts relies on the corrected historical Trotter data for stature estimation in Fordisc. For roughly 10 years’, stature estimation using this data has produced point estimates for the tibia that are on average 1.25 inches less than the other long bones. This issue was identified after applying the equations derived from Fordisc to the USS Oklahoma commingled assemblage. Reevaluation of Fordisc revealed that a correction factor of 20 mm, instead of 10 mm, was mistakenly applied to the Trotter tibia data. Historical forensic anthropology reports written at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency were utilized to identify that the overcorrection is isolated to Fordisc 3 with an error rate of 5% of known antemortem statures falling outside of the prediction intervals that relied on the tibia. Further evaluation of the Oklahoma sample indicates the 10 mm correction is still producing point estimates less than the other long bones.
Journal of forensic sciences
|Pages:||171 - 174|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
615 History and archaeology
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellowship; Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
© 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Lynch, J.J., Brown, C., Palmiotto, A., Maijanen, H. and Damann, F. (2019), Reanalysis of the Trotter Tibia Quandary and its Continued Effect on Stature Estimation of Past‐Conflict Service Members. J Forensic Sci, 64: 171-174, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.13806. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."