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Title: Harris lines in the prehispanic population of gran canaria (canary islands)
Authors: Velasco Vázquez, Francisco Javier 
Martín-Rodríguez, E.
Arnay-De-La-Rosa, M.
González-Reimers, E.
Castilla-García, A.
UNESCO Clasification: 32 Ciencias médicas
51 Antropología
550501 Arqueología
Keywords: Canary Island
Transverse Line
Prehistoric Population
Harris Line
Western Canary Island
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: 0393-9375
Journal: Human Evolution 
Abstract: Harris lines were assessed in 194 right tibiae of prehispanic inhabitants of Gran Canaria, belonging to 52 adult females and 123 adult males. No Harris lines were detected in 45 (23%) of the adult individuals (13 females (25%) and 26 males (21%), these differences being not statistically significant. Female tibiae showed a slightly lower mean number of Harris lines at the distal end than male ones (1,692±1.681 in females vs 1.91±1.825 in males). Ages at which Harris lines were formed showed two peaks, a major one at the age of 1 year, and another between 15 and 16 years in males and between 11–12 and 14–15 years in females. Harris lines were more frequently observed at the distal than at the proximal end of the bone. The relative low number of lines detected in our population when compared with the high prevalence of osteoporosis among the adult population of this island is striking.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/52309
ISSN: 0393-9375
DOI: 10.1007/BF02440154
Source: Human Evolution[ISSN 0393-9375],v. 14, p. 169-173
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