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An investigation of parental height and weight and the height (supine length) and weight of their offspring at age three years shows that familial correlations of height and weight in 337 rural Mayan families living in the highlands of Guatemala are low compared with those reported in families living in technologically more developed countries. It is suggested that low familial correlation coefficients in the Guatemalan data are related to increased variability in height and weight caused hv environmental factors which retard the growth of Mayan preschool children.


Acknowledgement was omitted in original publication. See "Erratum from 49-2"