The sex is in the spirals – the cochlea tells the difference in forensics breakthrough

The human cochlea is sex-typed from an early post-natal age – this is the startling and welcome finding of a study that has delivered the first reliable method for sex determination, even in child skeletons and cases with missing or degraded DNA molecules.

Until now, it has been impossible to determine the sex of a child from its skeleton. In adults, the task is achieved only from examination of the pelvis, and this too is tricky if the bone is not well preserved.

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