Minimum Number of Sexless Individuals
October 16, 2010 10:52 PM Subscribe
Say I have two femurs (okay, I do have two femurs, like most people), but say I have them lying on the table in front of me (I don't, but go with me), and I know one of them is from a woman and one is from a man, is there a way an archaelogist/paleontologist/someone-smarter-than-I could tell which is which?
posted by crossoverman to science & nature (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I know, for example, the pelvis is one way of indentifying if a whole skeleton is male or female. But are there any other bones in the human skeleton that are typically used to indentify male or female persons from the bones alone?
And even if I don't know the two femurs on my table are from one male and one female (determining which is which might be easier if working with that knowledge, ie. comparison might yield a "this one is more likely male" result), is it plausible that the sex of the person could be determined just from the femur alone?