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SKIN COLOR IN BAHAMIAN NEGROES

RICHARD B. MAZESS
Human Biology
Vol. 39, No. 2 (May, 1967), pp. 145-154
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41448835
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SKIN COLOR IN BAHAMIAN NEGROES
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Abstract

Skin coloration in Bahamian Negroes from Eleuthera Island was investigated by means of reflectometry. The population is marked by a generally dark coloration, and by large sexual differences in the degree of coloration, the interrelation of reflectances, and the relations of coloration to morphology. Females are lighter than males, the difference apparently arising during the growth period. The interrelation of reflectances is high in both sexes, but the degree of association is much higher in females. In females, but not in males, lighter skin color is associated with greater adiposity, and in particular with greater skinfold thickness.

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