Variability in Male Stature as Function of Adolescent Maturation Rate

Science  10 Mar 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3454, pp. 708-709
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3454.708


Boys who mature very early and, to a lesser degree, those who mature later than average show less variation in stature than boys who are somewhat early in adolescent development. These variability differences are paralleled in the heights of the mothers and fathers except in the case of boys who mature very early; there is far less variability in height among these boys than among their parents.