Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Frank L'Engle Williams

Second Advisor

Dr. Bethany Turner

Third Advisor

Dr. Cassandra White


The dimensions of the lumbar vertebrae are examined in order to determine if these measurements can be used to predict the age of an individual, and if the lumbar vertebrae exhibit sexual dimorphism. Various statistical techniques were utilized to analyze several dimensions of the lumbar vertebrae. Aging patterns in the lumbar elements are distinct between males and females, and females exhibit compression of the L3 element, which may be related to vertebral wedging. Some dimensions of the lumbar vertebrae are sexually dimorphic.

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