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Age
Estimating Time of Death
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Determining the Age
The best way in identifying the age of a sub-adult skeleton is examination of the teeth and jaw, when present. Whereas a comparative analysis may be done with the use of skull sutures and epiphyseal fusion in the young-adult skeleton. Sutures are the zigzag "seams" where the bones of the skull meet. Endocranial sutures (inside the skull) are more reliable as an aging method than is ectocranial suture analysis. The teeth also become important later in the identification of a specific individual with the use of dental records.
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application of dental techniques to identify deceased


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Sutues of the skull














source and image: Terrie Winson, veiwed 1 October, 2009, http://www.anthro4n6.net/forensics/#Age
image: eforensicmed.googlepages.com/ forensicodontology