Pygmies' short stature linked to high death rates

Controversial findings suggest that elevated mortality rates breed small bodies

4:21pm, October 14, 2009

The Grim Reaper can cut life short and, under the right circumstances, whittle those still standing down to the size of pygmies. That’s the controversial conclusion of a new study, published in the October Current Anthropology, that found that stature declined as death rates rose in three small-bodied populations over a 115-year period.

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