Long Bone Growth Velocity in the Libben Population
American Journal of Human Biology
long bone growth velocity, Libben population
Growth-attained curves have shown only limited effectiveness in studies of long bone growth in archaeological populations. As an alternative, the length of long bone diaphyses in children aged 0 to 12 years from the Libben skeletal collection were first normalized by average adult long bone length, and derivatives of fitted curves were then used to determine age-specific growth velocity. The sample was compared to healthy Euroamerican children from Denver, Colorado (Maresh: American Journal of Diseases of Children 89:725–742, 1955). Results indicate almost identical patterns of growth in the two populations with one exception: the Libben sample shows significantly diminished velocity during the first three years of life. This period of depressed growth coincides with high levels of infectious disease.
Lovejoy, C. Owen; Russell, Katherine F.; and Harrison, Mary L. (1990). Long Bone Growth Velocity in the Libben Population. American Journal of Human Biology 2(5), 533-541. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.1310020509 Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.kent.edu/anthpubs/70