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Conference proceedings article

Title Morphological analysis of 3D skull models for ancestry estimation
Author Bruno Andrade, Paulo Dias, Catarina Coelho, João Coelho, David Navega, Maria Teresa Ferreira, Sofia Wasterlain, Beatriz Sousa Santos
Booktitle Proceedings of 22nd International Conference Information Visualisation, IV2018
Pages 567- 573
Month July
Year 2018
Group Information Systems and Processing
Group (before 2015)
Indexed by ISI No
Scope International

Skull analysis is the main tool used in anthropology to identify several characteristics such as ancestry, gender, and variations between populations. Yet, skull analysis methods used by anthropologists still rely heavily on direct manipulation and measurement of the skulls producing significant inter and intra observer errors. Direct manipulation also involves risks of damaging the specimens while handling. In recent years computer methods for skull analysis that rely on 3D models of skulls acquired with a 3D scanner have been proposed. This approach gives the possibility to per-form analysis otherwise not possible, simultaneously easing the overall process of skull analysis and reducing variability. This paper describes the development of automatic and semi-automatic methods for morphological analysis of 3D skull models through the extraction and classification of structures aiming to support the estimation of ancestry. Results with fifty specimens are presented.