Indirect evidence for the genetic determination of short stature in African Pygmies.

@article{Becker2011IndirectEF,
  title={Indirect evidence for the genetic determination of short stature in African Pygmies.},
  author={No{\'e}mie S A Becker and Paul Verdu and Alain Froment and Sylvie Le Bomin and H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Pag{\'e}zy and Serge Bahuchet and Evelyne Heyer},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={2011},
  volume={145 3},
  pages={390-401}
}
Central African Pygmy populations are known to be the shortest human populations worldwide. Many evolutionary hypotheses have been proposed to explain this short stature: adaptation to food limitations, climate, forest density, or high mortality rates. However, such hypotheses are difficult to test given the lack of long-term surveys and demographic data. Whether the short stature observed nowadays in African Pygmy populations as compared to their Non-Pygmy neighbors is determined by genetic… CONTINUE READING