The coefficients of correlation between 30 anthropobiological and five climatic variables are recomputed in data from sub-Saharan African populations. Changes in the value and/or statistical significance of a number of coefficients are observed. The coefficients suggest that the M, O, Ro andr alleles are probably independent of climate in sub-Saharan Africa. An explanation of the apparent association of B, RA and fl2 frequencies with climate is proposed in terms of a sensitivity of lethal agents or of their intermediary hosts to climate, by analogy with the Hb* case. Fingerprint patterns and some metric variables, like head length, are found to be independent of climate. The relevance of Bergmann’s rule in the interpretation of body measurement from sub-Saharan Africa is discussed.
Hiernaux, Jean and Froment, Alain
"The Correlations Between Anthropobiological and Climatic Variables in Sub-Saharan Africa: Revised Estimates,"
4, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/humbiol/vol48/iss4/8