Age diagnosis based on incremental lines in dental cementum: A critical reflection
Grosskopf, Birgit; McGlynn, George
Age estimation based on the counting of incremental lines in dental cementum is a method frequently used for the estimation of the age at death for humans in bioarchaeology, and increasingly, forensic anthropology. Assessment of applicability, precision, and method reproducibility continue to be the focus of research in this area, and are occasionally accompanied by significant controversy. Differences in methodological techniques for data collection (e.g. number of sections, factor of magnification for counting or interpreting “outliers) are presented. Potential influences on method reliability are discussed, especially for their applicability in forensic contexts.