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Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine

Estimating stature in females by using the external ear morphometry

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Author Details : Srijith*, Murugan M

Volume : 6, Issue : 3, Year : 2019

Article Page : 182-187

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Introduction: Identification refers to determining the individuality of a person. External ear has often emerged as a potential tool for forensic investigations and establishment of personal identification. The present study aims to estimate stature using external ear measurements in males thereby deriving at linear regression formulas and finding out the most reliable parameter.
Materials and Methods: The present study was conducted on 50 young and healthy female medical interns, within the age group 22-25 years. Besides stature, eight external ear parameters, namely, ear length, ear width, lobule length, lobule width, conchal length, conchal width, tragus length and tragus width were considered and their measurements obtained from both the ears of each participant.
Results: Obtained data were analysed by SPSS software version 20.There was a strong significant positive correlation between all measurements and stature. Linear regression formulas for the eight parameters were derived. Actual stature and estimated stature from measurements of both ears were compared.
Conclusion: The study concluded that the morphometry of the external ear can be used in the estimation of the stature and that the conchal length was the most reliable parameter to estimate stature.

Keywords: Correlation coefficient, Ear, Identification, Regression equation, Stature.

Doi : 10.18231/j.ijfcm.2019.041

How to cite : Srijith, Murugan M, Estimating stature in females by using the external ear morphometry. Indian J Forensic Community Med 2019;6(3):182-187

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