New statistical analyses show that taller people, on average, tend to live longer lives than shorter people. Scientists wonder if this has always been true.
To answer that question, British researchers analyzed 490 sets of adult skeletal remains from an excavation site at a church in northeastern England. Researchers at the University of Bristol, led by David Gunnell, compared the estimated age of the deceased to the length of their long bones, such as the femur (leg) and humerus (arm). ?The longer the bones, the more likely the person was taller,? says Gunnell, who published a paper on his research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.