Monday, June 25, 2018

Pre-Modern European Men Averaged Five Foot Seven Inches Tall

As explained here and here, prior to about the year 1800 CE, the average human male was five feet, seven inches tall. The recent increase and previous ups and downs have largely been attributed to changes in diet.

The modern distribution of male height in Europe by country can be found here, as shown on the map below from the link:

Earlier GWAS studies of height may have been thwarted by population structure. See also here.

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