The body size, body shape and skeletal robusticity of Post-Pleistocene Europeans

Project description

The project funded by the Academy of Finland (2009–2012) studied the skeletons of Europeans who lived after the last ice age. The plan was to study 3,700 skeletons. The project determined the size and dimensions of the people based on the dimensions of the bones and studied the quantity and distribution of dense bone in the long bones. The project also studied the extent to which changes in body size, body shape and the solidity of the bones reflect cultural and environmental changes.

Project coordinator

University of Oulu


  • Johns Hopkins University (USA)
  • University of Massachusetts (USA)
  • University of West Bohemia (Pilsen, Czech Republic)
  • University of Sheffield (UK)
  • Stockholm University (Sweden)