Differences between male skull and female skull

Differences between male an female skull is very important in forensics to determine the sex of the skull which has been recovered. From our ancestors the differences in the skulls of males and females has been similar in obtaining different characteristics, which will be explained in the post below.

male skull vs female skull

male skull vs female skull

We can look at many aspects to come to a conclusion, like weight of the skull, size, mandible. . .etc.


  • Male: Heavier
  • Female: Lighter


  • Male: In males the skull size is larger than that in females.
  • Females: Smaller compared to that in males.

The bony mass or the thickness of the bone:

  • Males: Thicker
  • Females: Thinner


  • Males: In males the forehead is slightly sloping or receding.
  • Females: The forehead is vertical.

Vault of the skull:

  • Males: The vault of the skull is more rounded.
  • Females: The vault is flattened than that in females.

Contour of the face:

  • Males: The overall length of the skull is longer and the chin is bigger and protrudes more forwards, the skull is rugged due to its muscular make up, and the zygomatic bones are also more massive.
  • Females: The skull is Rounded, with the facial bones being more smoother, with both the jaws mandible and the maxilla being smaller.

Supraorbital margin:

  • Males: More rounded
  • Females: Sharp.

Tympanic plate:

  • Males: Larger and the margins are rounded.
  • Females: Smaller and the margins are less rounded.

Frontal bone and Forehead:

  • Males: Brow Ridges are well demarcated
  • Females: Smooth more vertical Frontal bone

Mastoid Process:

  • Males: Large Mastoid process
  • Females: Small Mastoid process
Difference between male and female skull

Difference between male and female skull

These differences are very important in determining the sex of a skull in Forensic Dentistry or Medicine.

But if you are interested to do your own research start digging  in your back yard, who knows you might get a pair of skulls so  just look at these features to know weather it is of a male or female.

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