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Type: Journal article
Title: Hyperostosis frontalis interna: archaeological evidence of possible microevolution of human sex steroids?
Author: Ruhli, F.
Boni, T.
Henneberg, M.
Citation: Homo - journal of comparative human biology, 2004; 55(1-2):91-99
Publisher: Urban & Fischer Verlag
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0018-442X
1618-1301
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F.J. Rühli, T. Böni and M. Henneberg
Abstract: Hyperostosis frontalis interna is a restricted bilateral thickening of the frontal endocranial surface, which is frequently found in postmenopausal females today. Surprisingly, this condition had a higher male prevalence in its rare archaeological records. This is again highlighted by the oldest known male European hyperostosis frontalis interna case in an adult Celtic from 100 BC presented here. This unique specimen supports earlier suggestions of the possible microevolution of human endocrine regulation, e.g. by sex steroids, and its pathoanatomical impact.
Keywords: Humans; Hyperostosis Frontalis Interna; Gonadal Steroid Hormones; Sex Factors; Archaeology; Anthropology, Physical; Fossils; Female; Male; Biological Evolution
Rights: © 2004 Elsevier GmbH All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020041261
DOI: 10.1016/j.jchb.2004.04.003
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