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    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 (Internet)
    Michigan State University