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Development of the circadian system in early life: maternal and environmental factors

Vol. 40 Article number: 22 (2022)
Sachi D. Wong, Kenneth P. Wright Jr, Robert L. Spencer, Céline Vetter, Laurel M. Hicks, Oskar G. Jenni & Monique K. LeBourgeois

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In humans, an adaptable internal biological system generates circadian rhythms that maintain synchronicity of behavior and physiology with the changing demands of the 24-h environment. Development of the circadian system begins in utero and continues throughout the first few years of life. This review describes the very early developmental stages of the clock and common circadian misalignment scenarios that make the developing circadian system more susceptible to conflicting time cues and temporal disorder between the maternal, fetal, infant, and peripheral clocks.

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Bergmann’s rule is a “just-so” story of human body size

Vol. 41, Article number: 15 (2022)
Barry Bogin, Michael Hermanussen & Christiane Scheffler  

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Authors claim that Bergmann’s rule about animal size and shape should be relegated to teaching and scholarship about the history of science. That “rule” is no longer acceptable science and has nothing to tell us about physiological anthropology.

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Best Reviewer Award

Journal of Physiological Anthropology Best Reviewer Award 2021 is awarded to:

・ Hiromitsu Kobayashi (Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University, Japan)
・ Kazuhiko Arima (Nagasaki University, Japan)

For more information, please visit the award page.

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Journal of Physiological Anthropology (JPA) is the official journal of the Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology. JPA is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on the physiological functions of modern mankind, with an emphasis on the physical and bio-cultural effects on human adaptability to the current environment.
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