History of Height

Anthropometric history explains trends, cycles, and patterns caused by changes in the social, economic and epidemiological environment. In times of hardship people tend to grow smaller. But the reason for this is maybe not as straight forward as it may seem. A smaller person is more efficient in terms of energy consumption compared to the amount of activity and they have greater endurance. During difficult times it’s the small ones that have a greater chance to survive. Could it be a similar stress hormone to the one that shrinks plants?

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