The effects of mortality, subsistence, and ecology on human adult height and implications

Current Anthropology Vol/Iss. 53 Published In Pages: S359-S368
By Migliano, Andrea Bamberg, Guillon, Myrtille


By better understanding the factors influencing adult height in modern populations, the authors hope to generate a testable hypothesis to determine the factors affecting body size during hominin evolution. The authors employ an exploratory linear regression model to test the effects of mortality, environment, and subsistence strategy on adult height among traditional small scale human societies. They found that mortality rates were the most significant predictor of adult height and that people living in savanna environments are consistently taller.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
OtherCombinationComparative Human Life History Spreadsheet was used along with other ethnographic data

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