Title: The relations between cephalofacial and body measurements measured on adult males of Kosovo Albanian population

Authors: Agron M. Rexhepi; Behlul Brestovci; Atif K.F. Idris

Addresses: Sport Center for Increasing of Morpho-functional Abilities, Fitness and Nutrition 'Corpore Sano', 10000 Pristina, Kosovo; University College for Sport Education 'Universi', 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo; Institute of Sports Anthropology, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo ' Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; Institute of Sports Anthropology, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo ' Institute of Sports Anthropology, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

Abstract: The aim of this study was to research the relationships between set of body variables and set of cephalofacial variables, using statistical method of canonical analysis. The measurements were done on 288 adult male entities, aged 18-35 years old. Correlation analysis indicates mediocre inter-correlation among two sets of variables. Canonical analysis has enabled the extraction of two significant canonical roots for each set of variables. While left canonical roots explain 48.9% of total variance computed for the set of body variables, the right canonical roots explain 52.8% of the set of cephalofacial variables. Reduction of the measured variables in a small number of canonical roots may facilitate the work of the physical anthropologists in studying and explaining the genetic development of the bones, cartilages and soft tissues of humans, as well as their morphological construction.

Keywords: morphometry; cephalofacial variables; human body; correlation analysis; Albania; cephalofacial measurements; body measurements; adult males; Kosovo Albanians; anthropometry; neurocranium; clustering; medical anthropology; human face; human head; cephalometry; human skull; genetic development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBM.2013.052977

International Journal of Biometrics, 2013 Vol.5 No.2, pp.199 - 210

Received: 07 Jul 2012
Accepted: 12 Sep 2012

Published online: 24 Mar 2013 *

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