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dc.contributor.advisorMcKeown, Ashley
dc.contributor.authorMerrington, James Kellin ( )
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-17T19:06:00Z
dc.date.available2020-07-17T19:06:00Z
dc.date.issued2020-05
dc.identifier.citationMerrington, J. K. (2020). The faults in the methods: Problems with current sex estimation methods for Hispanic individuals and potential solutions (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/12112
dc.descriptionPresented to the Honors Committee of Texas State University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for Graduation in the University Honors Program, May 2020.en_US
dc.description.abstractCertain features of the human skull vary in size or shape depending on an individual’s biological sex. These features can be used to estimate the sex of human skeletal remains, which can aid in identification. The primary method of estimating sex using the skull is detailed in Walker (2008). However, these variations are present in different proportions in different ancestral groups. For instance, individuals with Hispanic ancestry tend to have more gracile features and can be misclassified by an observer who is unfamiliar with Hispanic remains (Duecker, 2014, Hurst, 2012). If remains are misclassified, then individuals may not be returned to their loved ones, who, as a result, will not receive closure. Therefore, the primary goal of this research is to determine the accuracy of Walker sex estimation methods when applied to a skeletal sample of predominately Hispanic ancestry. To accomplish this goal, cranial nonmetric traits from thirty individuals from the Operation Identification collection at Texas State University will be scored using Walker’s scoring system. These scores will be used in Walker’s discriminant functions to estimate sex and compared to ‘known’ sex estimated from the pelvis using the traits defined by Phenice (1969). The accuracy of each function on the Hispanic sample will be statistically compared to the given accuracy found in Walker (2008). If three or more functions are found to be statistically less accurate for the Hispanic sample than the sample they were originally created on, then new discriminant functions will be calculated using rStudio, an open-source statistical program.en_US
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dc.format.extent38 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectAnthropologyen_US
dc.subjectForensic anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectSexen_US
dc.subjectSex estimationen_US
dc.subjectHispanicen_US
dc.subjectDiscriminent functionsen_US
dc.subjectLiterature reviewen_US
dc.titleThe Faults in the Methods: Problems with Current Sex Estimation Methods for Hispanic Individuals and Potential Solutionsen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.departmentHonors College


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