Dany Coutinho-Nogueira, in collaboration with Hélène Coqueugniot and Anne-marie Tillier, published the paper Qafzeh 9 Early Modern Human from Southwest Asia: age at death and sex estimation re-assessed.
The work appeares in HOMO – Journal of Comparative Human Biology, as PrePub Article (Sep 2021) (please, see HERE).
Qafzeh 9 is an almost complete skeleton commonly employed as representative of the population of the eponymous site. However, its biological profile is still largely based on the age at death and sex estimation methods in use at the time of its discovery. Moreover, post-mortem damage to the skeleton has made difficult the observation of some morphoscopic features, particularly pelvic ones currently used in sex estimation. Here, we apply recent methods and paleoimaging to re-evaluate the biological profile of Qafzeh 9, taking into account post-mortem damage. The results suggest a young age at death, indicating that Qafzeh 9 died before reaching complete dental and bone maturity; they also support a male sex assignment.