The operational meaning of maturity criteria

Stanley M. Garn*, Andrew K. Poznanski, Jerrold M. Nagy

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The fact that specific radiographic criteria represent different proportions of attained maturity in males and females, in individuals of different geographical origin, in undernourished as opposed to over‐nourished subjects and in genetic or chromosomal extremes together indicates the operational complexity of “skeletal maturity” and indicates the need to separate those aspects of skeletal development that are not sex‐hormone dependent from those whose timing is directly dependent upon gonadal status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-325
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1971

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology


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