Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Condition in several human populations in which there is a marked deposition of fat over the female buttocks regardless of the amount of body fat distributed over the rest of the body. This is most pronounced in the desert-adapted Khoisan Kung, Hottentots, and some of the pygmy peoples of the Malayo-Indonesian area. Aka steatopygy.

See Venus figurines.

Cf. Rensch’s desert rule.

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