Sexual dimorphism and mechanics of the human hip

a multivariate assessment

David Burr, D. P. Van Gerven, B. L. Gustav

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Abstract

The present research was undertaken to determine the effects of sexual dimorphism in the human pelvis and femur on the mechanics of human locomotion. The analysis was based on six biomechanical variables determined from 25 male and 32 female skeletal remains from the Dickson Mound site. Discriminant function analysis indicates that the mechanical variables which primarily contribute to dimorphism are the moment arm of the gluteus medius and the torque produced by the abductors at the hip. These mechanical aspects of hip function produce greater pressure on the femoral head in females.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume47
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

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mechanics
Sex Characteristics
sexual dimorphism
Hip
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torque
Torque
Discriminant Analysis
Locomotion
thighs
Thigh
dimorphism
Pelvis
femur
discriminant analysis
Femur
locomotion

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  • Anthropology

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Sexual dimorphism and mechanics of the human hip : a multivariate assessment. / Burr, David; Van Gerven, D. P.; Gustav, B. L.

In: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Vol. 47, No. 2, 1977, p. 273-278.

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Burr, David ; Van Gerven, D. P. ; Gustav, B. L. / Sexual dimorphism and mechanics of the human hip : a multivariate assessment. In: American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 1977 ; Vol. 47, No. 2. pp. 273-278.
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