Histologic examination of age of the first African Baptist Church adults

  • Ericksen M
  • Stix A
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Abstract

This study applies a recently formulated method of histologic estimation of age at death to samples of anterior femoral cortex taken from adult skeletons from the First African Baptist Church cemetery and compares the results with macroscopic age estimates made by J.L. Angel and J.O. Kelley. Of the 65 samples taken, 44 were sufficiently well preserved to produce readable thin sections, although most were so fragile that they had to be embedded before sectioning. In most cases the histologic ages agreed with the macroscopic age estimations within the standard error of the estimate of the histologic method. Most cases of disagreement could be attributed to poor preservation. Despite differences between individual gross and microscopic age estimates, the two methods proved to be significantly correlated and produced the same overall demographic picture of a population whose female members were likely to die at earlier ages than the males.

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  • Aging methods
  • Cortical bone
  • Femur

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  • M. F. Ericksen

  • A. I. Stix

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