Are adult physiques geometrically similar? The dangers of allometric scaling using body mass power laws.

@article{Nevill2004AreAP,
  title={Are adult physiques geometrically similar? The dangers of allometric scaling using body mass power laws.},
  author={Alan M Nevill and Arthur D Stewart and Tim Olds and Roger Holder},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={2004},
  volume={124 2},
  pages={
          177-82
        }
}
Human physique classification by somatotype assumes that adult humans are geometric similar to each other. However, this assumption has yet to be adequately tested in athletic and nonexercising human populations. In this study, we assessed this assumption by comparing the mass exponents associated with girth measurements taken at 13 different sites throughout the body in 478 subjects (279 athletic subjects, and 199 nonexercising controls). Corrected girths which account for subcutaneous adipose… CONTINUE READING

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