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Anthropometric measurements and Darwinian fitness

  • William H. Mueller (a1), Gabriel W. Lasker (a2) and F. Gaynor Evans (a3)


The relationship between anthropometrics and three measures of Darwinian fitness—number of surviving children, number of living siblings and marital status—was sought in a population practising no contraception. The pattern suggestive of stabilizing selection was evident for one dimension, destabilizing selection for another dimension, and directional selection for yet another. The dimensions studied were those least intercorrelated one with another. Stabilizing selection for human physical characteristics may not be a universal phenomenon.



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