A craniofacial growth maturity gradient for males and females between 4 and 16 years of age. Academic Article uri icon


  • Differential growth of the craniofacial complex implies variation in ontogenetic patterns of development. This investigation quantifies the relative maturity--as defined by percent adult status--of nine cephalometric dimensions and stature. Analysis is based on 663 lateral cephalograms from a mixed longitudinal sample of 26 males and 25 females between 4 and 16 years of age. Graphic comparison of maturity status across the age range shows that variation is intergraded between the neural and somatic growth maturity patterns, as described by head height and stature, respectively. The maturity gradient moves from head height through anterior cranial base, posterior cranial base and maxillary length, upper facial height, corpus length, and ramus height to stature. After 9 years of age ramus height is less mature than stature. Anterior maxillary and mandibular heights diminish during transitional dentition and thereafter exhibit maturity patterns that compare to corpus length. Although females are consistently more mature than males, the gradient of variation between dimensions is sex independent.

published proceedings

  • Am J Phys Anthropol

author list (cited authors)

  • Buschang, P. H., Baume, R. M., & Nass, G. G.

citation count

  • 80

complete list of authors

  • Buschang, PH||Baume, RM||Nass, GG

publication date

  • July 1983