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


A model including environmental setting and mortality rates will be significant in predicting adult height (p. S360).


Probability of survival to age 15 was the strongest predictor of height. The savanna environment had a significantly positive effect on adult height. Reliance on animal protein was tested separately for its influence on height but was not found significant.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
multiple regressionSupportedp<.001UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Adult HeightDependentAnthropometry
Environmental SettingIndependentClimate
Mortality RateIndependentMortality