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H.j. Woltring,fax/tel +31.40.413 744
10-27-1992, 03:47 AM
Dear Biomch-L readers,

Anyone on our Forum Biomechanicum (our field dating from even before the
times of the Roman Empire as we can see by reading Aristotle) who might
be able to help out with the problem posed below ?

Thanks -- hjw.
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 92 10:06 EST
From: "Brian.Brown"
Subject: Limb Asymmetry in Historic Populations (Documented)
To: humbio-l@FAUVAX.BITNET

I am a Ph.D. student interested in limb asymmetry (femur, tibia, humerus, and
radius) in historic human populations. The populations available to me (from
St. Bride's and Spitalfields, in London) are very well documented middle-class
folks who lived roughly between 1680 and 1840. It seems like an ideal group
with which to test hypotheses about the relationship between age and sex --
as well as life activity -- on length and robustness asymmetry. A couple of
questions though, for anyone interested in these issues:

1--I've been using digital calipers which dump data directly into cells in my
laptop's spreadsheet for data acquisition. It's been quite successful for
me so far; what has been the experience of others who have tried it?

2--I can't seem to find anything in the literature relating to bilateral
asymmetry studies of documented (that is, age and sex unambiguously iden-
tified) populations of humans written since the 1960s. Are there people
working on this? If so, I'd really like to find out how to reach them.
I do note the recent AJPA exchange on rhesus macaques, by the way, as
well as Ruffand Jones in AJPA from the early 80s.

Any insights or comments would be greatly appreciated -- Thanks
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Brian D. Brown 19910bxb@msu (Bitnet)
Department of Anthropology 19910bxb@ibm.cl.msu.edu (Internet)
Michigan State University