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The mountains of giants: an anthropometric survey of male youths in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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GRASGRUBER Pavel POPOVIČ Stevo BOKŮVKA Dominik DAVIDOVIC Ivan HŘEBÍČKOVÁ Sylva INGROVÁ Pavlína POTPARA Predrag PRCE Stipan STRAČÁROVÁ Nikola

Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Royal Society Open Science
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Fakulta sportovních studií

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Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.161054
Obor Archeologie, antropologie, etnologie
Klíčová slova Bosnia and Herzegovina;Dinaric Alps;height;genetics;nutrition;
Popis The aim of this anthropometric survey, conducted between 2015 and 2016 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), was to map local geographical differences in male stature and some other anthropometric characteristics (sitting height, arm span). In addition, to investigate the main environmental factors influencing physical growth, the documented values of height would be compared with available nutritional and socioeconomic statistics. Anthropometric data were collected in 3192 boys aged approximately 18.3 years (17–20 years), from 97 schools in 37 towns. When corrected for population size in the examined regions, the average height of young males in BiH is 181.2cm (181.4cm in the Bosniak-Croat Federation, 180.9cm in Republika Srpska). The regional variation is considerable—from 179.7cm in the region of Doboj to 184.5cm in the region of Trebinje. These results fill a long-term gap in the anthropological research of the Western Balkans and confirm older reports that the population of the Dinaric Alps is distinguished by extraordinary physical stature. Together with the Dutch, Montenegrins and Dalmatians, men from Herzegovina (183.4cm) can be regarded as the tallest in the world. Because both nutritional standards and socioeconomic conditions are still deeply suboptimal, the most likely explanation of this exceptional height lies in specific genetic factors associated with the spread of Y haplogroup I-M170. The genetic potential for height in this region could then be the greatest in the world. Future studies should further elucidate the roots of this intriguing phenomenon, which touches an important aspect of human biodiversity.