Transmissible and nontransmissible components of anthropometric variation in the Alexanderwohl Mennonites: II. Resolution by path analysis

Authors

  • Eric J. Devor,

    1. Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine and the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis
    2. Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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  • Matt McGue,

    1. Division of Biostatistics, Department of Preventive Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
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  • Michael H. Crawford,

    1. Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045
    2. Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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  • Paul M. Lin

    1. Institute of Social and Behavioral Pathology, and Psychiatric Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637
    2. Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Abstract

A study of the intergenerational transmissibilities of 34 anthropometric measures from the Alexanderwohl Mennonite congregations of Kansas and Nebraska is presented. Results presented tend to confirm the suggestion made previously by us (Devor et al., 1985) that patterns of transmissibility conform to a concept of “functional multifactorial complexes” operating in the body in a way analogous to the “field” concept of dental morphology.

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