fascinating article from the New Yorker on changes in human height, subtitled 'Why Europeans are getting taller and taller—and Americans aren’t.' There is some great writing here and some wonderful images which I confess I shamelessly stole for class.
was well over six feet; the soldiers who stormed the Bastille a
millennium later averaged five feet and weighed a hundred pounds. “They
didn’t look like Errol Flynn and Alan Hale,” the economist Robert Fogel
told me. “They looked like thirteen-year-old girls.”