A morphometric study of the adult human dry hip bone in South Indian population and its clinical importance

Chandni Gupta, Kanhaiya Jee, Arvind Kumar Pandey, Antony Sylvan D’Souza

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Objectives-The four key features of biological identity are sex, age, stature and cultural background. By using visual measures, metric skills and discriminant functional exploration, we can assess the age, sex and race of the individual. Specimen identification and sex determination from skeletal remnants has abundant significance in forensic medicine. So, the aim of our study was to study the morphometry of dry human hip bone in south Indian population in order to evaluate the various parameters of the hip bone. Material and Method-A total of 53 adult unpaired right and left dry hip bone of unknown sex were studied from Department of Anatomy. Out of 53 hip bones, 25 were right and 28 were of left side. Weight, length and width of hip bone were measured with the help of scale, measuring tape and weighing machine. Coxal index was calculated using the formula-Coxal index =width of hip bone /length of hip bone x 100 Statistical analysis of all the measurement were done. Result- The mean weight, length and width of left hip bone were 131.8gms, 19.7 and 13.9cm. The mean coxal index on left side was 72.1. The mean weight, length and width of right hip bone were 136.2gms, 19.01 and 13.54cm. The mean coxal index on right side was 70.9. Conclusion- This study will be helpful for the anthropologist for identification of the individual from the skeletal remains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of South India Medicolegal Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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