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The data sets provided have been produced between 1969 to 2008, based on Howell’s observations of the !Kung San made by Howell in Botswana between August 1967 and May 1969. The reproductive history interviews of 165 adult women that served as the basis for Howell (2000) are here; the full inventory of 3081 height and weight measurements on !Kung San people are here, and these data are combined with the general individual data collected on 846 !Kung San (ju/hoise) people living in the Xangwa (or Gwangwa or Dobe) area of western Ngamiland in Botswana, near the border with Namibia. Fuller descriptions of the region and the people under study can be found in R. B. Lee and I. DeVore (eds), 1976, Kalahari Hunter-Gatherers: Studies of the !Kung San and Their Neighbors, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. And in N. Howell, 2000, Demography of the Dobe !Kung, Aldine de Gruyter, New York.

The basic data set has been available since the 1990s in the data library of the University of Toronto, but seems to have been rarely consulted , and, as far as I know, never used as the basis for research. It is hoped that this data collection will be more appealing to students and scholars, as the SPSS data files are easy to use, and the actual working files of a new work (Howell, Life Histories of the Dobe !Kung, forthcoming) are included along with the basic raw data files. Students and colleagues are free to download this data and use it in any way that seems appropriate. It is a courtesy to your readers to tell where it came from (so that your readers too can use it to check your results!) but you do not need to notify me or ask for any permissions.

The files are, however, old and I cannot promise that they do not include any error or ambiguities. As files are stored and transferred from one computer system to another they can become corrupted. I found several apparently-randomly generated errors in files this week as I checked some tables made some years ago. Users who find one or a few puzzling entries in particular data sources are invited to write the author for advice on how to correct the errors, by consulting other data sources. Such communications will also allow me to correct errors on the t-space files.

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