Forensic anthropology and the biological profile in South Africa

Gabriele C. Krüger, Leandi Liebenberg, Jolandie Myburgh, Anja Meyer, Anna C. Oettlé, Deona Botha, Desiré M. Brits, Michael W. Kenyhercz, Kyra E. Stull, Clarisa Sutherland, Ericka N. L’Abbé

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Large numbers of unidentified bodies are discovered annually in South Africa. A lack of adequate medical and dental records requires the exploration of alternative avenues for identification. Only in the last 25 years it has become more common in South Africa for forensic anthropologist to assist the police by providing biological profiles to ascertain identities. While international methods were initially used, population specificity has been shown to affect the accuracy of most parameter estimates in South Africa, necessitating the reevaluation of existing methods and the addition of novel techniques. This chapter explores the most recent developments and improvements for methods to estimate ancestry, sex, age at death, and stature among South African groups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128054291
ISBN (Print)9780128125380
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Age estimation in South Africa
  • Ancestry estimation in South Africa
  • Daubert standards
  • KidStats
  • Sex estimation in South Africa
  • Sexual dimorphism
  • Stature estimation in South Africa


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