A very different take on the DOHaD hypothesis

Just came across this interesting paper by Katherine Weisensee in the American Journal of Human Biology. “Assessing the relationship between fluctuating asymmetry and cause of death in skeletal remains: A test of the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis” appears to have data supporting the relationship between death from degenerative disease and early development. The study used analysis of the craniofacial features of skeletal remains alongside documented causes of death from the 19th and early 20th century. Fluctuating asymmetry is apparently a marker of stress during development and Weisensee attributes these skeletal characteristics to early life influences on growth.

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