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|Title:||Charlemagne was very tall, but not robust|
|Citation:||Economics and Human Biology, 2010; 8(2 Sp Iss):289-290|
|Publisher:||Elsevier BV, North-Holland|
|Frank J. Rühli, Bernhard Blümich and Maciej Henneberg|
|Abstract:||The left tibia of Charlemagne, the Medieval "Father of Europe" has been X-rayed and CT scanned to determine his still highly debated stature. We found the healthy bone to be long (430 mm) but rather not robust (total mid-shaft cross-sectional area 473 mm(2), cortical area 352 mm(2)). Reconstructed stature of 1.84 m falls at about 99% of Medieval heights, which would be ca. 1.95 m in present-day Europe. Thus, tall stature indeed could have contributed to the success of "Charles the Great" as a king emperor and soldier.|
|Keywords:||Computed tomography; History; Medieval; Stature|
|Rights:||Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.|
|Appears in Collections:||Anatomical Sciences publications|
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