Age and secular factors in the stature of adult Zapotec males

John H. Himes, Robert M. Malina

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Age and secular factors in adult stature were investigated in a sample of 111 Zapotec‐speaking males from Oaxaca, Mexico. Comparisons with earlier studies showed no clear evidence of a secular trend. The increase in stature due to age and secular factors was approximately 0.07 cm per year (significant, p < 0.05). When stature was adjusted for the estimated age effects, the estimated secular increase was 0.03 cm per year (not significant). By this analysis a secular trend in adult stature of the magnitude noted for industrialized countries apparently does not occur in developing areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-369
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1975
Externally publishedYes


  • Mexico
  • Secular trend
  • Stature
  • Zapotec


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