13 Jun

Mostly in Africa but also in Australia, Asia and Thailand. Pygmies are defined as groups of people in which the  grown men average under 4’11. That’s small! Scientists are still not 100% sure on how these groups of people evolved. Some think it’s an adaptation to the low levels of sunlight of the jungle (resulting in low levels of vitamin D). Others think it is just more suitable to their lifestyle – less food, easier to move through the jungle etc.

Genetically, the pygmies are extremely divergent from all other human populations, suggesting they have an ancient indigenous lineage. Some believe they evolved from late stone-age hunter gatherers.


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