Lumbar ontogenetic allometry and dimorphism in humans. A case for comparison between interspecific and intraspecific scaling.


The ontogenetic allometry of the lumbar region of 1913 humans (1228 females and 685 males), ranging from newborn to 21-year-old individuals, was studied by means of length, width, projected surface area and bone mineral density of the segment L2 - L4, obtained by dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). All these parameters were regressed to body mass and height of… (More)


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