Human Evolution

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 313-324

First online:

Predynastic egyptian stature and physical proportions

  • G. RobinsAffiliated withChrist’s College
  • , C. C. D. ShuteAffiliated withChrist’s College

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An attempt has been made to estimate male and female Egyptian stature from long bone length usingTrotter &Gleser negro stature formulae, previous work by the authors having shown that these rather than white formulae give more consistent results with male dynastic material. Evidence is presented that the tibia length should include the spine in the later (1958) formulae and should exclude it in the earlier (1952) formulae. It is also shown that better results are obtained if the constants in the stature formulae are modified so as to conform more exactly with the basic data published byTrotter &Gleser. When consistency has been achieved in this way, predynastic, proportions are founded to be such that distal segments of the limbs are even longer in relation to the proximal segments than they are in modern negroes. Such proportions are termed «super-negroid».

Key words

stature predynastic Ancient Egyptians «supernegroid» proportions