Did Dodging Disease Keep Pygmies Small?

If Pygmies are known for one trait, it is their short stature: Pygmy men stand just 4'11" on average. But the reason why these groups are so short and neighboring groups are not remains unclear. Scientists have proposed various theories based on natural selection, including that Pygmies' reduced size lowered nutritional requirements, helped them better handle hot climates, or allowed them to reach sexual maturity at an earlier age. read more

Did Dodging Disease Keep Pygmies Small?

Stature may be genetically linked to immunity, new study shows

Thu 26 Apr 12 from Science Now

Hunt for genetic link to pygmy height yields clue

Study shows difficulty of understanding the genetic basis of human variation.

Thu 26 Apr 12 from Nature News

Scientists identify genes linked to Western African Pygmies' small stature

If Pygmies are known for one trait, it is their short stature: Pygmy men stand just 4'11" on average. But the reason why these groups are so short and neighboring groups are not remains unclear. ...

Thu 26 Apr 12 from Medical Xpress

Geneticists identify genes linked to Western African Pygmies' small stature, Fri 27 Apr 12 from Labspaces.net

Why Pygmies of Africa Are So Short

Genetics and adaptations to living in the forest both played a role in keeping the people's height diminutive.

Fri 27 Apr 12 from Discovery.com

Pygmy's Short Stature is Genetic

The four foot eleven pygmy can blame his genetic heritage for his height.

Thu 26 Apr 12 from Livescience

Scientists Identify Gene Behind Pygmies’ Short Stature

THURSDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have identified genes linked to the small stature of Western African Pygmies in Cameroon. A large number of previous studies have pinpointed ...

Fri 27 Apr 12 from Health News

Penn Geneticists Identify Genes Linked to Western African Pygmies' Small Stature

PHILADELPHIA -- If Pygmies are known for one trait, it is their short stature: Pygmy men stand just 4'11" on average.

Thu 26 Apr 12 from HealthCanal

Penn geneticists identify genes linked to Western African Pygmies' small stature, Thu 26 Apr 12 from e! Science News

Geneticists identify genes linked to Western African Pygmies' small stature, Thu 26 Apr 12 from ScienceDaily

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