Korean J Leg Med.  1999 May;23(1):48-50.

Age Estimation by Appearance of Gray Hair in Vibrissae

Abstract

The gray vibrissae of Korean males(n =189) between 15 and 75 years old and females(n =111) between-15 and 74 years old who visited the department of otorhinolaryngology, Konkuk university Chungju hospital during 1996 to 1998, were counted for the purpose of estimating approximate age range in individuals of unknown age . The lowest age appearing gray hairs in both sexes was 15-year-old. The Pearson's correlation coefficient in both sexes was 0.490 (p<0.01). The age appearing gray vibrissae in females was slightly earlier than that of males, however, the differences between right and left sides of nasal cavity were insignificant. This method of counting gray vibrissae would be useful to estimate age range in personal identification together with other methods available until now.

Keyword

age; estimation; personal identification; gray vibrissae

MeSH Terms

Adolescent
Aged
Chungcheongbuk-do
Female
Hair*
Humans
Male
Nasal Cavity
Otolaryngology
Vibrissae*
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