Horticultural activity predicts later localized limb status in a contemporary pre-industrial population

Jonathan Stieglitz, Benjamin C. Trumble, Hillard Kaplan et Michael Gurven


Modern humans may have gracile skeletons due to low physical activity levels and mechanical loading. Tests using pre-historic skeletons are limited by the inability to assess behavior directly, while modern industrialized societies possess few socio-ecological features typical of human evolutionary history. Among Tsimane forager-horticulturalists, we test whether greater activity levels and, thus, increased loading earlier in life are associated with greater later-life bone status and diminished age-related bone loss.

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American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 163, n° 3, juillet 2017, p. 425–436