PhD Dissertations: Tracy Lea Rogers, 1999

The Attribution of Ancestry for European and Indian (South Asian) Individuals Within a Forensic Context

This analysis examined skeletal morphological and metric variation in two populations, European and Indian (South Asian). The goal was to develop a method to distinguish between individuals from these populations within a forensic context. The samples consisted of 135 European skeletons from two modern documented collections and one early dissection room collection and 204 Indian skeletons from six teaching collections, a modern autopsy series and an anthropological collection. Numerous cranial and dental traits and measurements were examined. A list of ten morphological characteristics and three discriminant functions, capable of distinguishing between groups with greater than 92% accuracy, were produced. The implications of these results with respect to forensic anthropology and to the prehistory of India are discussed.