Nice to confirm it of course

Men who were born after the Black Death were taller than men who lived through the Industrial revolution, a study revealed.
The height of men has fluctuated throughout history, according to scientists who analysed 4,700 skeletons over the last 2,000 years.
They found that men were shorter in the Dark Ages than they were during the Roman occupation.
Other peaks were found after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century and between the 1400s and the early 1650s.

But really this is just Malthus all over again.

Richer times mean children are better nourished. This shows up as their being taller – but also as more surviving to have children. Population increases and per capita living standards decline to subsistence once again. At which point adults are shorter again.

7 thoughts on “Nice to confirm it of course”

  1. Population increases and per capita living standards decline

    Despite everyone being better fed and their children becoming adults, Ye Guardian would wailed about how much worse life was getting.

  2. 2,000 years to analyse 4,700 skeletons, averaging 2.35 skeletons per annum? Must’ve been public sector…

  3. I am not sure I believe this data.

    I was born after the black death and didn’t live through the industrial revolution. But no one has asked me how tall I am. But you do not mention that. I wonder why.

    It is obvious that some estimation has been used so this data cannot be relied on and more information powers are needed. I must be allowed to measure everyone, just in case.

    I changed the world!

  4. ‘according to scientists who analysed 4,700 skeletons over the last 2,000 years.’

    Glad I’m a scientist! I’m looking forward to living another 1,932 years.

  5. I seem to remember reading somewhere that the Ancient Britons were much taller than the Romans. Agrarian society vs Cities?

  6. Jonathan – most of the roman soldiers were from an agrarian society too. You could look at race though – were northern Europeans taller than the southern Europeans? Not Ynys Prydain versus Rome but the wider groups.

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