Scientists Offer New Evolutionary Explanation For Why Pygmies Are So Short

August 19, 2014 12:25 PM

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Scientists Offer New Evolutionary Explanation For Why Pygmies Are So Short

Pygmy traits independently evolved many times among different peoples around the world, because shorter heights may have helped them live in rainforests, researchers say.

The small body sizes known as pygmy traits are seen worldwide, limited to peoples who traditionally hunted and gathered food in tropical rainforests, such as in Central Africa and Southeast Asia. These small statures apparently developed independently in these populations, an example of convergent e...

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