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Association of environmental and health mapped indicators and rate of skeleton age-related changes in an adult rural population of Russia

Batsevich V.A.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Anuchin Research Institute and Museum of Anthropology, Mokhovaya st., 11, Moscow, 125009, Russia

Batsevich Valery A., PhD;ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3833-1588;


Aim of the study is to select ecological characteristics most connected to ontogenesis rates. Ontogenesis rate is evaluated as age changes in the skeleton. Materials and methods. 4483 left hand x-ray images of rural population from 15 administrative regions of Russia were studied. Individual skeletal age characteristics were determined according to OSSEO method and were used to construct generalized ontogenetic characteristics of the populations. 24 maps representing demographic, ecological and environmental characteristics traditionally used in human ecology were selected from “Environment and health of the population of Russia” (1995) atlas. Regression analysis and principal component analysis were used to detect connections between skeletal aging and demographic, environmental, health indicators. Results. No significant correlations were found between skeletal age markers and demographic characteristics. Climate conditions according to our results influence the aging rate of hand skeleton in both men and women, and ecological markers describing the human impact on the environment are correlated with all population-level characteristics of age-related changes of the skeleton except aging onset. Two characteristics in men (the rate of aging and the age of 100% display of skeletal aging in the population) and one (the rate of aging) in women are significantly correlated with newly calculated characteristics of health. Discussion. Ecological condition especially those associated with anthropogenic impact on the environment are related to aging rates of a human skeleton. Analysis of presence and direction of correlations between age-related changes of the skeleton and principal components of mapped characteristics shows that these correlations aren’t random but have biological and ecological meaning. Thus, the existence of the ecological basis of biological signs of skeletal aging is once again confirmed.


ecological anthropology; x-ray anthropology; ontogenesis rates;Russian rural population aging rate

DOI: 10.32521/2074-8132.2019.2.005-014

Цит.: Batsevich V.A. Association of environmental and health mapped indicators and rate of skeleton age-related changes in an adult rural population of Russia // Moscow University Anthropology Bulletin (Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Seria XXIII. Antropologia), 2019; 2/2019; с. 5-14

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