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INTRODUCTION Estimation of stature occupies a relatively central position both in anthropological research and in identification necessitated by medical jurisprudence or medico-legal experts

INTRODUCTION

Estimation of stature occupies a relatively central position both in anthropological research and in identification necessitated by medical jurisprudence or medico-legal experts. Whenever the body is recovered in mutilated or fragmented state, the problem of identification of the person is involved and this is difficult even for the most experienced forensic expert. The mutilation of dead body is done by a criminal who wants to destroy all traces of identity and thus facilitate the disposal of the dead. For estimation of stature, more emphasis has so far been laid in the study of long bones which involves tedious and time consuming process of cleaning and preparing the bones for the examination.
However, only a few researchers have reported estimation of stature from mutilated bodies or fragmentary remains. In this study correlation between stature and foot length and breadth is done after devising linear and multiple regression equations that will help in estimating stature whenever the remains of feet are recovered.
Every part of the human body is unique in itself. It is amazing to discover that every part of the body is different in its own way from a similar part in another body. There is also a relationship between each part of the body and the whole body. Nothing exemplifies this truth more than the relationship that various parts of the body have to the stature and sex identity of an individual.
Many authors have studied the relationship between various parts of the body with the stature and sex 1-9. Stature estimation from dismembered body parts can be done based on the ratio of the body part concerned, in relation to the entire body 4. The relationship between humerus, radius, ulna, femur, tibia, fibula and clavicle with the stature have been topics of research interest for decades Morphology of human feet is greatly influenced by the combined effects of heredity and living style of man that determines the size and shape of the feet or footprints and thereby makes them unique data to establish human identity 1,6.
Clinicians, anthropologists, anatomists and forensic scientists have studied the