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Among 346 school children 6 to 14 years of age in Oaxaca, Mexico, stature and weight are significantly correlated with measures of metacarpal cortical bone. As stature and weight are highly correlated measures of body size, their correlations with metacarpal bone are of similar magnitude. However, there are separable stature and weight corrrelates to measures of metacar­pal bone, stature being the best predictor of bone dimensions. When compared to U.S. Mexican-American children, the Mexican children of Oaxaca have smaller metacarpal dimensions than would be expected from their body size.