The Influence Of Sexual Dimorphism And Ancestry Leads To Frontal Sinus Development!

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : August 3, 2022

Sexual dimorphism is a phenotypic difference or contrast between males and females of the same species. Sexual dimorphism often involves physical and behavioral differences such as size, color, or development time.

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Sexual dimorphism is often found in animals with separate sexes but can be found in hermaphroditic species as well as in plants. It may be caused by different environmental factors that lead to different selective pressures on the two sexes.

The Influence Of Sexual Dimorphism And Ancestry Leads To Frontal Sinus Development!

Sexual dimorphism has been observed in many species, including humans, insects, and plants. The degree of sexual dimorphism varies depending on the species and can range from subtle to pronounced. In some cases, the male is larger than the female; at other times, it may be just the opposite.

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The frontal sinuses, which are found in the space between and above the eyebrows, grow in patterns that are as individual to each person as a fingerprint.

Since the year 1925, forensic anthropologists have relied on them to assist in the identification of human remains in cases where dental or other medical records were lacking.

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) discovered that the development of the frontal sinus was influenced more by sexual dimorphism than by the individual’s ancestry and that the interaction between these two factors produced the most significant variation. This finding was published in the journal Anatomy and Physiology.

“Curiosity in one’s own identity, history, and physical make-up is something that many people feel compelled to pursue. This study investigates a remarkable structure that is as distinctive to an individual as their fingerprint, and it begins to throw light on what causes this trait to be so unique to each person.” -Dr. Sean Tallman, anatomist, and holder of a PhD

Former graduate student Austin Shamlou, who is currently working as a research technician at Massachusetts General Hospital, contributed to the writing of the article as a co-author.

The researchers examined computed tomography (CT) pictures taken of more than 300 people who were predetermined to be either male or female at birth.

Individuals were also categorized according to their ancestral histories, which included African-derived, Asian-derived, European-derived, and Latin American-derived categories.

The authors created an outline of the frontal sinus by working layer-by-layer in Photoshop. They then took measurements of the maximal height, width, and depth of the outline.

These frontal sinus outlines were divided into three groups, and each group’s characteristics were analyzed and compared to one another.

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🔶 According to the findings of the study, assigned sex and ancestry did not have a significant impact on the shape of the sinuses when each factor was considered separately. However, when both factors were considered together, there was a significant amount of variation in the maximum height and maximum depth.

🔶 According to Tallman, who also mentioned that a definite pattern had not yet been discovered, “It is interesting to note that the proportions of the frontal sinus are influenced by the interacting effects of sexual dimorphism as well as adaptive population histories.”

🔶 According to Tallman, additional study is required to answer the question of why the frontal sinus generates distinctive structures in each person.

He cautioned that sinus variation in the United States did not fall along ancestral lines, which suggested that there was a large overlap in ancestral climates or that climate adaptations no longer impacted variance in the United States. Both of these possibilities are possible.


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Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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