International Journal of Anthropology

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 361–367 | Cite as

Assortative mating for anthropometric traits in parents of Punjabi twins

  • K. Sharma


The marital correlations between 97 pairs of parents of Punjabi twins reveal positive phenotypic assortative mating for body traits while almost random mating with respect to cranio-facial traits. There is no evidence of any significant negative assortative mating for any of the 50 traits. The results have been compared with those from other world populations. The data contradict the earlier reported hypothesis that assortative mating is associated with lowered fertility.

Key words

Assortative mating Anthropometrics Twins India 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyPanjab UniversityChandigarhIndia

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