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Fertility pattern and family structure in three Alpine settlements in South Tyrol (italy): marriage cohorts from 1750 to 1949.
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PMID:  19645089     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Stelvio, Martello and Curon, three villages of the Venosta Valley, South Tyrol (Italy), were recently included in a large genetic survey because of their isolation. This study focuses on the long-term reproductive behaviour of these villages. Family size, age at marriage and marital fertility were estimated based on a genealogy going back in the 17th century. Marriage behaviour was characterized by an elevated age at marriage and a large proportion of adults never getting married. Marital fertility was among the highest worldwide, because couples tried to use the short time at their disposal to have the largest possible number of children. Together with the already known null population expansion and high geographic endogamy rates, the reduced number of siblings who had the opportunity to get married could have favoured an increased genetic homogeneity.
Martin Gögele; Cristian Pattaro; Christian Fuchsberger; Peter Paul Pramstaller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biosocial science     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1469-7599     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biosoc Sci     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0177346     Medline TA:  J Biosoc Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  697-701     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Genetic Medicine, European Academy, Bolzano, Italy.
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