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Human size evolution: no allometric relationship between male and female stature
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, Animal Ecology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, Animal Ecology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3245-0850
2004 (English)In: Journal of Human Evolution, ISSN 0047-2484, E-ISSN 1095-8606, Vol. 47, no 4, 253-266 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In many animal groups, sexual size dimorphism tends to be more pronounced in species with large body size. Similarly, in a previous cross-cultural analysis, male and female stature in humans were shown to be positively allometrically related, indicating a similar relationship where populations with larger stature were more dimorphic. In this study, we re-examine the hypothesis of an allometric relationship between the sexes using phylogenetic methodology. First, however, we tested whether there exist phylogenetic signals in male and female stature. Data on mean stature from 124 human populations was gathered from the literature. A phylogenetic test showed that male and female stature were significantly associated with phylogeny. These results indicate that comparative methods that to some degree incorporate genetic relatedness between populations are crucial when analyzing human size evolution in a cross-cultural context. Further, neither non-phylogenetic nor phylogenetic analyses revealed any allometric relationship between male and female stature. Thus, we found no support for the idea that sexual dimorphism increases with increasing stature in humans

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2004. Vol. 47, no 4, 253-266 p.
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Sexual dimorphism; Stature; Height; Rensch's rule; Allometry; Cross-cultural research; Phylogenetic signal
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37778DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2004.07.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-37778DiVA: diva2:305090
Available from: 2010-03-22 Created: 2010-03-22 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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