Testing for size and allometric differences in fossil hominin body mass estimation

Natalie M. Uhl, Christopher W. Rainwater, Lyle W Konigsberg

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Body size reconstructions of fossil hominins allow us to infer many things about their evolution and lifestyle, including diet, metabolic requirements, locomotion, and brain/body size relationships. The importance of these implications compels anthropologists to attempt body mass estimation from fragmentary fossil hominin specimens. Most calculations require a known "calibration" sample usually composed of modern humans or other extant apes. Caution must be taken in these analyses, as estimates are sensitive to overall size and allometric differences between the fossil hominin and the reference sample. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-229
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican journal of physical anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • body mass estimation
  • calibration
  • regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology


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