Problems of sampling and inference in the study of fluctuating dental asymmetry.

@article{Smith1982ProblemsOS,
  title={Problems of sampling and inference in the study of fluctuating dental asymmetry.},
  author={Brian H. Smith and Stanley M. Garn and Patricia E. Cole},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={1982},
  volume={58 3},
  pages={281-9}
}
Randomly distributed or "fluctuating" dental asymmetry has been accorded evolutionary meaning and interpreted as a result of environmental stress. However, except for congenital malformation syndromes, the determinants of human crown size asymmetry are still equivocal. Both a computer simulated sampling experiment using a combined sample size of N = 3000, and the requirements of adequate statistical power show that sample sizes of several hundred are needed to detect population differences in… CONTINUE READING