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10 Comments
Carrie 1 | 2006-05-04
OMG, I LOVE baby harp seal pate! It's tough to find these days though.
Robert Wolf 2 | 2006-05-05
It's an aquired taste but darn good!
John Wilson 3 | 2006-06-06
I had quite a few Japanese friends in high school - back in the 50's. Most of them were normal height - 5' 9" or so. However, there parents were quite short - I would say 5' 5" or less. For what it's worth
Steve Solano 4 | 2006-07-27
It's refreshing to hear that 5'9" is normal height.
Jill 5 | 2006-11-18
It would be interesting to know how these astonishingly tall northern plains tribes compared to the agricultural tribes (Mandans, Hidatsas, Arikaras, Pawnees) who also lived in the northern grasslands. Since the main components of their diet were corn, squash, and beans--which they traded to the Sioux, et al., for meat--they should be considerably shorter if the underlying theory is correct.
John 6 | 2007-01-12
Typically 6-8 inches taller? I think you need to check your stats. The average Japanese male in Japan is 5'7" tall according to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. I don't think the average Japanese American males is over 6'1. Also, it's not simply the quality of food but the quantity. North Koreans tend to be about 5'5" tall. Starvation makes people short. One more reason to avoid calorie restriction.
Robin 7 | 2008-04-28
Personal Observation: When living in Japan, younger Japanese people were noticably taller that their parents. People in their twenties were three of four inches taller than peopl in their forties, who were three or four inches taller than people in their seventies. My theory is that it has to do with the introduction of more protien and western- style foods.
Michele 8 | 2009-09-10
Regarding the comment on Tuberculosis: There may have been no known cases because the organism was never exposed to the people. For one to become infected with TB, one must first be exposed to an individual with an active case of TB. The exposure must be close contact in poorly ventilated areas and for an extended period of time. So if there was No exposure=No disease. This is why when europeans first arrived in Mexico so many of the Mayans died, they had never been exposed to disease like mumps/measles etc. However, nutritional status does play a part in developing TB. You can be exposed and if the immune system is strong and the body well developed the TB bacillus will be encapsulated and remain dormant until the bodys immune system is weak.
Kevin Simons 9 | 2009-12-03
How much do you think natural selection played into this process? It makes sense to me that shorter stout people would do better in colder environments than taller, lankier ones simple because of a smaller surface area to volume ratio. (Think about standing tall in the cold vs huddling into a ball to stay warm- same concept.) Likewise, in hotter areas such as the plains, a tall lengthy body that expels more heat will be advantageous. I'm sure diet plays a huge part, but this is something to consider.
Robert Wolf 10 | 2009-12-03
Kevin- We see significant natural selection with regards to latitude. Inuit and Neanderthal have a characteristically squattier build, as you alluded. African Exodus (I for get the author) is a great book for exploring this whole concept.
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