Age determination in a living individual - A case report

Thomas C.J. ; Nortje C.J. ; Van Rensburg B.G.J. ; Van Wyk C.W. (1987)


A case is presented where age determination in a living individual could not be effected by removal and sectioning of a central incisor tooth. An approximate age was derived from ulna/radius epiphyseal ossification, skull suture, spheno-occipital synchondrosis and third molar eruption, apical closure and general occlusal attrition. Because age at the time of an accident was a critical factor and the individual concerned had no documentary evidence of his age a compensation claim for loss of a leg was being contested by an insurance company. The case never went to court as the evidence of age presented by the forensic odontologists proved to be sufficiently convincing.

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