Mandibular symphysis (medial suture) closure in modern Homo sapiens: preliminary evidence from archaeological populations

Am J Phys Anthropol. 1986 Apr;69(4):499-501. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.1330690409.


Four archaeologically derived populations of human infants provide evidence for age at closure of the mandibular suture. These data suggest fusion by 7-8 months of age, with a range from 6 to 9 months. This provides a useful tool for age identification of the remains of young children recovered from archaeological and other contexts.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Determination by Skeleton
  • Age Determination by Teeth
  • History, Ancient
  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Italy
  • Mandible / anatomy & histology*
  • Paleopathology*
  • Turkey