Moore and Schaefer reported a decision tree which can roughly estimate body weight from skeletal remains. The authors are from the University of Michigan in Dearborn.
(1) calculation of the moments of inertia for the femur at various points along its length: 80% (proximal), 65%, 50% (midshaft), 35% and 20% (distal)
(2) evidence of DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis) based on fusion of 3 or more vertebrae along the anterior right side of the vertebral bodies with preserved disk space
(1) second moment of inertia in the A-P direction in the distal (20%) slice from the femur in cm^4
(2) distance in cm from the subperiosteal surface of the bone to the centroid in the mediolateral direction at the level of the femoral midshaft (50%)
(3) A-P distance in cm from the external subperiosteal surface to the centroid at the proximal (80%) slice
(4) severity of DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis) as severe or not
< 3.98 cm^4
>= 3.98 cm^4
>= 1.495 cm
< 1.495 cm
> 1.685 cm
not severe DISH
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