This study compares a sample of rural French-Canadian schoolchildren to a sample of urban counterparts for height, biacromial width and weight. A multivariate analysis of variance revealed consistent biacromial width and irregular concomittant height and weight differences; namely, rural schoolchildren have a wider body frame than their urban peers. These results suggest that migratory patterns and endogamous practices contribute to the genetic differentiation of ethnically homogeneous sub-populations. The more general issue of the epistemological value of results reported in sub-population studies is also examined, particularly, with respect to environmental causal inferences.
Thibault, Harold W.; LaPalme, Lise; Tanguay, Richard; and Demirjian, Arto
"Anthropometric differences between rural and urban French-Canadian schoolchildren,"
1, Article 22.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/humbiol/vol57/iss1/22