Utilization of DNA analysis for sex determination of immature individuals from eneolithic burial–place Hoštice za Hanou


This project doesn't include Faculty of Medicine. It includes Faculty of Science. Official project website can be found on muni.cz.

Project Identification
Project Period
1/2006 - 12/2006
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Science
sex determination, amelogenin, SRY, culture of the people of bell–shaped beakers, immature individuals

Sex determination belongs to prime anthropologic characteristics. Nevertheless, the reliability of morphologic and morphometric methods for sexing skeletal remains is limited by a number of diverse factors: pathological disposition, skeletal condition, environmental influences, diet, occupational stress and particularly by biological age. The male and female attributes are not clearly developed in immature individuals and, moreover, decrease with proceeding age. The definite answer can provide the analysis of genes localized on sex chromosomes. The aim of this project is the implementation of sexing method using DNA analysis (amelogenin gene and SRY gene) to the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University. This method will be used for sex determination of skeletal remains of immature individuals from eneolithic burial–place of the people of the bell-shaped beakers culture from Hoštice za Hanou, which belongs to the most considerable in Europe. At the same time the project will contribute to the extension of education in courses Methods in Anthropology I (Bi7351) and Forensic anthropology (Bi7352) and extend contemporary themes for bachelor, diploma and disertation theses in the frame of science education at the Department of Anthropology.


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