Effect of mobility on femur midshaft external shape and robusticity
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2005
Copyright © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 130, Issue 2, pages 201–213, June 2006
How to Cite
Wescott, D. J. (2006), Effect of mobility on femur midshaft external shape and robusticity. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 130: 201–213. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20316
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 APR 2005
- Manuscript Received: 11 AUG 2004
- cross-sectional shape;
- long bones;
- subsistence strategy
This study investigates differences in femur midshaft shape, robusticity, and sexual dimorphism derived from external measurements between a broad range of prehistoric and historic North American populations with different subsistence strategies and inferred levels of mobility. The sample was divided into six groups to test whether observed femur midshaft variables follow the patterns predicted based on archaeologically and historically determined subsistence and mobility data. The results suggest significant variation in femur midshaft shape and robusticity in all populations, and that inferred mobility levels do not correspond consistently with femur midshaft structure in either males or females. Results do, however, support the prediction that sexual dimorphism is generally greater in more mobile populations. Am J Phys Anthropol, 2006. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.