Will Humanity Keep Getting Taller?
Our genetics, nutrition and socio-economic status can help us answer that question.By Sebastian Martinez | October 26, 2015
The question of why we're the height that we are is an interesting one. You can point your parents, but the answer is a little more complicated.
Humans used to be a lot shorter. For example, northern European men in the 17th and 18th centuries averaged just 5 feet 4 inches. And there are some established theories on why we've grown.
The most popular one is that we are much better nourished than we used to be.