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Sex Dimorphism of Height in Two Venezuelan Populations

  • M. E. López-Contreras
  • N. Farid-Coupal
  • M. Landaeta de Jiménez
  • G. Laxague
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Abstract

The use of sex dimorphism of height as an indicator of health status has been postulated by some investigators (Hiernaux, 1968; Tobias, P.V., 1970; Tobias, Ph., 1972) suggesting that average sex dimorphism is greater under good environmental conditions than in poor conditions. This submission is based on the greater vulnerability of males to adverse conditions (Greulich, 1951; Greulich et al., 1959; Tanner, 1962) leading to a reduction in adult stature. Although other investigators (Eveleth Phyllis, 1974; Valenzuela et al., 1978) demonstrate a strong genetic component in the determination of dimorphism of height, it is the purpose of this paper to test the hypothesis as to its usefulness as a health indicator, using data from Venezuelan populations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. E. López-Contreras
    • 1
  • N. Farid-Coupal
    • 1
  • M. Landaeta de Jiménez
    • 1
  • G. Laxague
    • 1
  1. 1.Fundacredesa, Center for Biological Studies on Growth and DevelopmentCaracasVenezuela

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