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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 7, Issue 3, July 2013 pp 119-123

Research Article

Role of Greater Sciatic Notch in Sexing Human Hip Bones


Rajashree Sheelawant Raut1, Prakash B. Hosmani 2, P. R. Kulkarni3

1Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, B. J. Government Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA.

2Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Dr. V. M. Government Medical College, Solapur, Maharashtra, INDIA.

3 Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Latur, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Identification of the deceased person from bones is the most critical problem faced by anatomist, forensic science experts & anthropologists. Skeletal remains have been used for sexing the individual as bones of the body are last to perish after death. Hip bone, especially the greater sciatic notch is valuable in deformed bones because it is highly sexually dimorphic, is resistant to damage, and thus can often be scored in poorly preserved skeletons. In present study one hundred and eighty three adult hip bones of known sex (125 male and 58 female) are studied for various parameters of greater sciatic notch. Of all, total angle of greater sciatic notch, posterior angle of greater sciatic notch and posterior segment of greater sciatic notch are very useful for sex discrimination. The posterior segment length of greater sciatic notch and the posterior angle of greater sciatic notch in females are more than twice than in males. Width of greater sciatic notch is useful for identifying mainly female bones, but not useful for sex discrimination.