Fossil Bone Determination
Date: Spring 2014
With fossil bones, how is it determined that it is a human male, female or other animals bone?
Generally, you need to have examine the adult fossilized human pelvic bones to determine whether is male or female. A male pelvis is more vertically narrow than a female pelvis. Animal bones have a variety of different physical characteristics than human fossil bones do, such as shape, and size. The hip joint of animals have a different angle than humans do. The skull, jaws, and teeth are significantly different too.
Dr John Cowsar
San Antonio, Texas USA
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