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Keywords:

  • Femur;
  • Allometry;
  • Australopithecus;
  • Regression

Abstract

Human femoral neck length has a positive allometric or isometric relationship with total femoral length as shown by the reduced major axis slope based on logarithmic regression. The relatively long femoral neck lengths of Australopithecus cannot be explained solely as a consequence of small body size (contra Wolpoff, '78).