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Do male and female grow at different rates?
Question Date: 2009-10-05
Answer 1:

The answer depends on what kinds of males and females we are talking about. For species in which the sexes are physically different (e.g. humans), then yes, they do indeed grow at different rates, and in fact girls grow faster during adolescence than boys. For other species in which the sexes are not very physically different (e.g. ginkgo trees), the sexes grow at equal rates.

Answer 2:

One important thing to remember is that males and females overlap a lot, so most males and most females are growing at about the same rate most of the time.There is a difference, though, in junior high, when a lot of the girls start getting tall while a lot of the boys are still short. Then, of course, the boys grow tall and end up taller, on average, than the women.

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