Washington, July 7 (ANI): Researchers will now use three-dimensional imaging technology on human pelvic remains to determine the sex of the skeleton.
The new technique is far more superior to traditional visual inspections.
Dr. Ann Ross, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at NC State and her colleague Dr. Joan Bytheway were able to find more than 20 anatomical "landmarks" on the os coax (pelvis) that can be used to determine a body's sex.
This means that even very tiny fragments of the pelvic bone could reveal whether the person was a male or a female.
"This technique also has the benefit of being significantly more accurate than traditional visual inspections," Ross says.
Also, since the sex determination relies on quantifiable metric data, it could be admissible in court as evidence.
The research is published in the July issue of Journal of Forensic Sciences. (ANI)