Age assessment

Richard Bassed, Jeremy Graham, Jane A. Taylor

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The ability to assign accurate age estimates to human remains and living individuals is an important element of forensic practice. Age estimation can contribute to a routine forensic dental identification, can be a vital component in the investigation of anthropological/archaeological specimens, and may be an integral part of the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) process in mass fatality incidents. The reliability of age estimation varies depending on the age of the victim and the technique employed. Research into the techniques of age estimation has been prolific in recent years. This chapter will provide a summary of the development of age estimation research and discuss current methodologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Odontology
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
EditorsJane A. Taylor, Jules A. Kieser
Place of PublicationChichester West Sussex UK
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781118864418
ISBN (Print)9781118864449
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2016


  • Age estimation
  • Forensic odontology

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Bassed, R., Graham, J., & Taylor, J. A. (2016). Age assessment. In J. A. Taylor, & J. A. Kieser (Eds.), Forensic Odontology: Principles and Practice (1st ed., pp. 209-227). John Wiley & Sons.