Abstract

DETERMINATION OF SEX USING MORPHOMETRY OF FORAMEN MAGNUM IN SOUTH INDIAN POPULATION

Author(s): Nijagunappa1, Suresh Bidarkotimath2

Skull morphometry is one of the most important ways to establish a sound base on determination of sex in medicolegal cases. In most of the scenarios the complete set of skeleton is unavailable, so it largely depends on the skull which in a way avoids putrefaction as the vault is strong enough to withstand; 200 skulls (110 males and 90 females) from the Department of Anatomy, KMCT, Kozhikode KUHS University were used for the study.
The skulls were differentiated into males and females based on a standard characteristics mentioned in the text book of Anatomy.
The results demonstrated that sexual dimorphism exists and creates an important area to further study and understand the differences and thus lay a foundation for further researches.