Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-30145
Rühli, Frank J; Blümich, B; Henneberg, M (2010). Charlemagne was very tall, but not robust. Economics & Human Biology, 8(2):289-290.
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The left tibia of Charlemagne, the Medieval “Father of Europe” has been X-rayed and CT scanned to determine his still highly debated stature. We found the healthy bone to be long (430 mm) but rather not robust (total mid-shaft cross-sectional area 473 mm2, cortical area 352 mm2). Reconstructed stature of 1.84 m falls at about 99% of Medieval heights, which would be ca. 1.95 m in present-day Europe. Thus, tall stature indeed could have contributed to the success of “Charles the Great” as a king emperor and soldier.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
|Deposited On:||10 Mar 2010 08:51|
|Last Modified:||25 Sep 2014 11:32|
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