Data Analysis – Stature and Bone Length

Does the length of a person’s legs and arm bones correlate to the height of the person?

The following graph shows a scatterplot of lengths of the humerus, tibia, femur and tibia.

Examine the graphs shown below.

graph of bone lengths
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What CLAIMS can be made to answer the question?

  • Which bone would give you the best estimate.
  • Do all the bones have strong relationships?
  • Are males and females similar?

Summarize the EVIDENCE shown in the graphs.

Develop a REASONING statement that connects that answers the questions. Suggest reasons for these observations.