Gangrade, Pooja; Babel, Hitesh; Saini, Ramavtar; Vyas, Anamika
August 2012
International Journal of Current Research & Review;Aug2012, Vol. 4 Issue 16, p168
Academic Journal
One of the most important reasons for conducting anthropological studies on human skeleton is to determine the sex of the remains. This article presents an approach for evaluating the sexual dimorphism of the adult crania using the hard palate. The study comprised of 100 adult crania of known sex (50 male and 50 female). The parameters of hard palate were measured by the help of a sliding vernier calliper. The palatal length was measured from the anterior margin of incisive fossa to the posterior nasal spine. Palatal breadth was measured as the maximum width of the palate at right angles to the palatal length. The mean values for the palatal length in male and female were found to be 54.59 mm and 52.44 mm respectively. The reading observed for the palatal breadth in males and females were 38.49 mm and 35.89 mm respectively. The results after being put to statistical analysis, showed a significantly higher value of palatal breadth in males than in females (p < 0.001).The present study shows that mean palatal breadth values are sexually dimorphic.


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