1992; Prince and Ubelaker 2002) for age estimation from characteristics of single rooted teeth to the right maxillary canine indicated an age at death greater than 50 years.This technique produced an age estimate of 60.2 years, plus or minus about eight years.The posterior portion of the left ramus of the mandible and the bones of the right cheek area were missing.
To address this question, radiocarbon analysis was conducted.
Standard 14C dating is based on the work of Nobel Laureate Willard Frank Libby (1908-1980) (Libby 1946), which was inspired by the research of a cosmic-ray physicist, Serge A. Although Libby initially kept his findings secret because he thought the idea was too ludicrous to gain financial support, 14C dating has ultimately revolutionized archeology, geology, geophysics, and other branches of science (Taylor 2000).
The extent of cranial suture closure, antemortem tooth loss, and age-related changes in tooth structure suggested a relatively old age at death.
In particular, application of the Lamendin technique (Lamendin et al.
However, the coloration of the broken margin of the right zygomatic suggested relatively recent fracture.
Numerous teeth were missing both ante- and postmortem.Once separated from their plastic context, the cranium and mandible were examined for geological materials which, if present, might indicate if the remains had been buried prior to submersion in the plastic. The cranium and the mandible were then analyzed for anthropological information.The bone was well preserved with no soft tissue or hair present.The disarticulation suggested that the cranium and mandible were most likely skeletonized at the time of their immersion into the liquid plastic.The plastic itself was potentially an important clue.The results were compared using the modern bomb curve.