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International Journal of Anthropology

, Volume 4, Issue 1–2, pp 119–124 | Cite as

Consanguinity: Geographical variation and temporal evolution in the North of the Iberian peninsula, 1918–1968 (León, Spain)

  • P. Gomez Gomez
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Abstract

We studied 71.740 marriage certificates from the Diocese of León, Northern Spain, between the years 1918 and 1968. If VI degree marriages are considered 6.27% of the total were among relatives. The inbreeding coefficient is very near the average for other Spanish populations from the same period (F=0.002). Within the area studied, levels of inbreeding are higher in rural than in urban zones and slightly higher in the montaña than in the meseta. Within the montaña it is higher in the non-mining zone of the North than in the mining zone of the South.

Throughout the entire period under study there is a continuous tendency towards a decrease in inbreeding which is sharper in the rural than in the urban zone. Consequently there is a convergence of values in recent times. This tendency appears later in rural populations in the center of the peninsula than in those of northern Spain, and in the Spanish population later than in other European countries.

Key words

Consanguinity Inbreeding coefficient Urban Rural zones 

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© Editrice II Sedicesimo 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Gomez Gomez
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Antropología Dpto. de Biología de Organismos y SistemasUniversidad de OviedoEspaña

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