Neanderthal age and sex

Elizabeth McNamara (
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 23:52:27 -0500

I am working on a project regarding Neanderthal age and sex. I have
recently come across Trinkaus' article "Neanderthal Mortality Patterns"
(J Arch Sci 22, 121-142) in which he discusses the demographic patterns
of Neanderthals based on age. However, he does not discuss the sex of
the individuals. Does anyone know if anyone has assessed Neanderthals
for sex. Is it possible to come up with accurate sex estimates? If the
aging techniques used in paleodemography are being used for Neanderthals
then why can't the sexing techniques be used as well. Is it due to the
lack of material available for study?

If anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Liz