Science: The Shape We're In

How the average U.S. girl looks with her clothes off' was shown last week by Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History. The name of the girl is "Norma." She is a sculptured composite of 15,000 present-day U.S. women, aged about 18 (see cut). The museum's anthropologists exhibited her in Natural History to show the evolution of the U.S. female figure toward a taller, lustier type.

Norma and her male counterpart, "Normman," were modeled by Gynecologist Robert Latou Dickinson and Sculptor Abram Belskie. "That American look," observes Dr. Harry L. Shapiro, the Museum's curator of physical anthropology, has changed considerably since the 1890s....

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