Age Estimation from the Rib by Components Method Analysis in Indian females

The sternal ends of the ribs are a reliable method of age estimation from late adolescence to old age. Iscan et al developed a phase analysis method based on the morphologic changes at the sternal extremity of the fourth rib, is one of the best effective for age estimation at death. The present study is designed to evaluate the applicability of Component method developed by Iscan et al, to Indian females. The sample consisted of fourth ribs on right side from 63 females of known age and race. Statistical analysis indicated that these changes were age related and applicable to Indian females also.