The human masseter muscle and its biological correlates: A review of published data pertinent to face prediction

Stephan, Carl N. (2010) The human masseter muscle and its biological correlates: A review of published data pertinent to face prediction. Forensic Science International, 201 1-3: 153-159. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.02.026


Author Stephan, Carl N.
Title The human masseter muscle and its biological correlates: A review of published data pertinent to face prediction
Journal name Forensic Science International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0379-0738
1872-6283
1875-1741
Publication date 2010-09-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.02.026
Volume 201
Issue 1-3
Start page 153
End page 159
Total pages 7
Editor Guy Willems
John G. Clement
David Sweet O. C.
Place of publication Shannon, Co. Clare Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract The masseter muscle forms a cornerstone of anatomical facial reconstruction (FR) methods, yet it is only scantily described in the FR literature despite relatively intense research focus from other disciplines. This suggests that much more data exists for masseter prediction than that which is currently used in FR. This paper reviews the masseter muscle and finds that highly pertinent anatomical and metric data to be available despite being overlooked in the FR literature. This includes variance and means of the perimeter dimensions, thicknesses, cross-sectional areas, volumes, metrics associated with muscle attachment, and correlations with other biological and craniometric variables (such as sex, age, tooth loss, cranial breadths, facial heights, alveolar thicknesses, and gonial angles). The oversight of these metric data adds to a general pattern seen for other hallmark structures of the face in FR and, taken together, these observations hold major ramifications for longstanding debates of FR accuracy, reliability, and error. Irrespectively, the data reviewed in this manuscript help set an improved basis for quantification of FR techniques. © 2010.
Keyword Forensic science
Muscles of mastication
Facial approximation
Facial reconstruction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Forensic odontology special issue—September 2010. Edited by Guy Willems, John G. Clement and David Sweet O. C.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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