Allometry and apparent paradoxes in human limb proportions: Implications for scaling factors.

@article{Auerbach2011AllometryAA,
  title={Allometry and apparent paradoxes in human limb proportions: Implications for scaling factors.},
  author={Benjamin M Auerbach and Adam D Sylvester},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={2011},
  volume={144 3},
  pages={382-91}
}
It has been consistently demonstrated that human proximal limb elements exhibit negative allometry, while distal elements scale with positive allometry. Such scaling implies that longer limbs will have higher intralimb indices, a phenomenon not borne out by empirical analyses. This, therefore, creates a paradox within the limb allometry literature. This study shows that these apparently conflicting results are the product of two separate phenomena. First, the use of the geometric mean of limb… CONTINUE READING

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