The evolution of human height

June 8, 2009 at 4:53 pm (Dead Sea scrolls, evolution)

Let’s first look at the Pygmy people. According to a book I checked out at the library, “The Truth About Your Height“, the Pygmies averaged

about 4’6″, and are not famous for industrial achievements, art, science, or literature. But they have the distinction of surviving with their culture pretty much in tact for over 2,500 years. These people have utilized whatever was available in their environment to create and maintain their society and lifestyle.

They survived due to their peaceful status within their culture. Due to their hunting-and-gathering nature, they were continuously oppressed by the more industrial (if you could call them that) enemies elsewhere.

Now, let’s look at the Bible (how could I not?). The story of David and Goliath is an old, but familiar one. Recall that I pointed out the references to giants in an earlier post. I will probably edit it due to very nature of what “giants” actually indicates.

Anyways, according to 1 Samuel 17:4 (King James Version), it says he’s “six cubits and a span.” According to Google, 6 cubits = 2.7432 meters = 9 feet. And, according to the Qumran Scrolls, his height is 4 cubits tall (1.8288 meters, 6 feet). Whichever edition you prefer to subscribe to, we know this: humans were short on average, and those that were outliers were considered “giants”.

Another thing we need to look at is the difference between societies of short humans and those of tall humans. Archaically speaking, height was a means of balancing the hierarchy of society. The tallest person (aka a pharaoh or said Goliath) would be at the top of the pyramid, and those that leveled out would be below.

Those that are taller tend to be better academically than those that are shorter. This is because the brain’s development tends to grow proportionally as the body does (source: The Truth About Your Height). More from The Truth About Your Height:

slower growing children would take longer to mature and to develop mentally. Also, we know that taller children come from taller parents and taller parents are generally more highly educated. Consequently, taller children or youth would have advantages over shorter ones through enriched environments.

Exceptions being Asians. I theorize Asians are smarter due to personal discipline. The science is this: taller people need more vitamins and nutrients than shorter people. Shorter people don’t have as much of a need for those, thus the brain doesn’t increase at the same rate. It’s genetic really. Your DNA presupposes how you will develop throughout your life. If you’re tall, it’s because you’re suppose to be and likewise for shortness.

The Pygmies didn’t find a need to technologically advance, so their height never increased. Over time, those that did technologically advance became smarter, thus contributing to the increase in brain size. And because we know that brain size is proportional to body height, we can safely say that taller people have bigger brains. But bigger isn’t always better.

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