Protection of obstetric dimensions in a small-bodied human sample.

  title={Protection of obstetric dimensions in a small-bodied human sample.},
  author={Helen K Kurki},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={133 4},
  • Helen K Kurki
  • Published 2007 in American journal of physical anthropology
In human females, the bony pelvis must find a balance between being small (narrow) for efficient bipedal locomotion, and being large to accommodate a relatively large newborn. It has been shown that within a given population, taller/larger-bodied women have larger pelvic canals. This study investigates whether in a population where small body size is the norm, pelvic geometry (size and shape), on average, shows accommodation to protect the obstetric canal. Osteometric data were collected from… CONTINUE READING
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