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Osteoware: Standardized Skeletal Documentation Software

auricular surface scoring

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I am wondering why the scoring of the auricular surface is capped at 5, when the system of Meindl and Lovejoy uses scores up to phase 8?  This forces me to enter this information in the comments section instead and makes exporting a full dataset impossible. 

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Hi Stuart, 

Thank you for pointing that out.  We've been collecting condensed 5 phase auricular surface data for many years, and other researchers (for instance, Osborne, Simmons, and Nawrocki 2004) have found that the mean ages of some of the original Lovejoy phases were not significantly different and present their own condensed schema.

It is an oversight, we thought we had returned the Osteoware program to the published 8 stages. 

But this also gives us an opportunity to find out what the community is using: 6 stage auricular surface, 8 stage, or something else? 

Please chime in and let us know what you want to see in Osteoware.

 

 

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At JPAC-CIL, we score the auricular surface using the original phases (Lovejoy et al 1985), but then compress the original score using Osborne et al. (2004).  From there, we derive a final age estimate.

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Chris - thank you for that reference, I had not seen it.  Good to know that places like the Smithsonian and JPAC-CIL (thanks Joe) are using this condensed method.  I learned the method from Lovejoy and Meindl while I was at Kent State, so naturally it was all I really was exposed to there. 

 

Stuart