Stature estimation from partial measurements and maximum length of lower limb bones in Koreans
The aim of this study was to develop regression equations for stature estimation using the lower limb bone in Korean individuals. A total of 105 samples (55 men and 50 women) obtained from cadavers were used for developing equations. Bones with obvious pathologies or healed fractures were excluded. The coefficient of determination (r2) of the variables was generally higher in men than in women. Femur length (MLF) in men and the distance from most the proximal point of the intercondylar fossa to the midpoint of the lesser trochanter (IFLM) in women, were found to have the highest r2 value. Moreover, the regression equation using a stepwise analysis in a sample of combined sex using partial segments was based on IFGP (distance from the most proximal point of the intercondylar fossa to the most proximal point of the greater trochanter) and EBF (epicondylar breadth of the femur) (r2=0.760). This method can be used to estimate stature when unidentified human bones are found at excavation sites.