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Pygmies' short stature linked to high death rates

Controversial findings suggest that elevated mortality rates breed small bodies

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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