Age determination of an Alaskan mummy: morphological and biochemical correlation

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Science  01 Sep 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4358, pp. 811-812
DOI: 10.1126/science.356264


Aspartic acid racemization analysis of a tooth from an Alaskan mummy yielded an age at death of 53 (+/- 5) years, which correlates well with earlier estimates based on morphological features. This study illustrates the value of integrative approaches to paleopathologic problems and the importance of preserving rare specimens for the application of new techniques.