Campbell Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13409-341-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-13409-341-3

Chapter 41 - Test Your Understanding - Level 3 - Synthesis/Evaluation - Page 918: 10


This adaptation could offset iron loss during menstruation in a population that would have had to adapt to lower levels of vitamin D.

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This could be an adaptation that prevents iron-deficiency anemia and vitamin D deficiency in human females around menstruation, during which iron loss can cause dangerous anemia in some circumstances. Humans evolving nearer to the poles must also compensate for lower levels of vitamin D, which requires iron for activation.
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