Greater sciatic notch as a sex indicator in juveniles

Am J Phys Anthropol. 2008 Nov;137(3):309-15. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20875.


Using Schutkowski's method for juvenile sex determination (Schutkowski H. 1993. Am J Phys Anthropol 90:199-205), we evaluated the morphology of the greater sciatic notch of 56 ilia (23 females and 33 males) from a documented skeletal collection housed at the Bocage Museum in Lisbon (Portugal). After applying Schutkowski's original methodology and comparing the results with previous studies, we used age-adjusted metrical variables to describe greater sciatic notch depth, breadth, and angle. Although results of both morphological and metrical analyses did not reveal a statistically significant level of sexual analyses dimorphism, we found a strong correlation between pelvic morphology and age at death. On the basis of the obtained results, we argue that Schutkowski's morphological method does not predict sex accurately in all populations and that recorded correlation of iliac features with age needs to be further explored in the context of the ontogeny of sexual dimorphism.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Anthropology, Physical / methods
  • Anthropology, Physical / standards
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ilium / anatomy & histology*
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Sex Characteristics*
  • Sex Determination by Skeleton / methods*
  • Sex Determination by Skeleton / standards