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      The Evolution of Stature in Humans

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          There is significant evidence that a positive secular trend, apparently due to improved socioeconomic conditions, has led to taller stature today compared with 150-200 years ago. However, study of fossil remains of our hominid ancestors demonstrates the stature of individuals living during the last million years reached the range of heights seen today. Furthermore, data from recent prehistory and the last 2,000 years also reveal adult height in many groups to be equal to modern humans of the same region. Optimal conditions for growth appear to predate the advent of modem civilization and public health measures.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-5884-6
          978-3-318-01950-6
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1993
          1993
          03 December 2008
          : 39
          : Suppl 3
          : 3-6
          Affiliations
          aDepartment of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and bDepartment of Anthropology, University of California, Davis, Calif., USA
          Article
          182777 Horm Res 1993;39:3–6
          10.1159/000182777
          8262490
          © 1993 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 4
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