Body mass and encephalization in Pleistocene Homo

@article{Ruff1997BodyMA,
  title={Body mass and encephalization in Pleistocene Homo},
  author={Christopher B. Ruff and Erik Trinkaus and Trenton W. Holliday},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1997},
  volume={387},
  pages={173-176}
}
Many dramatic changes in morphology within the genus Homo have occurred over the past 2 million years or more, including large increases in absolute brain size and decreases in postcanine dental size and skeletal robusticity. Body mass, as the 'size' variable against which other morphological features are usually judged, has been important for assessing these changes1–5. Yet past body mass estimates for Pleistocene Homo have varied greatly, sometimes by as much as 50% for the same individuals2… 

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