Department of Anthropology in cooperation with Biobank Lab published a new paper about relation between body height and month of birth among woman in different hemispheres. Paper is presented in American Journal of Human Biology. Enjoy your reading.

 

"Association between body height and month of birth among women of European origin in northern and southern hemispheres"

 

Iwona Rosset1, Elżbieta Żądzińska1,2, Dominik Strapagiel3, Agnieszka Grzelak4, Maciej Henneberg2

1Department of Anthropology, University of Łódź, Poland
2Biological Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy Research Unit, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia
3Biobank Lab, Department of Molecular Biophysics, University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland
4Department of Molecular Biophysics, University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland
 
 

Objectives

The purpose of this study was to examine the potential association between month of birth and body height among women in northern and southern hemispheres.

Methods

Body heights of adult women of European origin born between 1935 and 1981 who lived in Poland (N = 3,933) and in Australia (N = 1,118) were examined in relation to month of birth by analysis of variance.

Results

No association between month of birth and body height was observed in either Polish or Australian women. For Polish women, a clear, statistically significant secular trend in body height was confirmed for the analyzed period (P < .0001). No such trend occurred among the Australian women.

Conclusions

Results do not confirm a significant association between month of birth and adult body height in women. It is, however, important to see a difference in secular trends, which was large in Polish women and nonexistent in Australian females.

 

This study was partially supported by the POIG grant No. 01.01.02-10-005/08 TESTOPLEK from the European Regional Development Fund.

 

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