Nicole Veru 4/10/15
Biology Current Events
Zimmer, Carl. "Natural Selection May Help Account for Dutch Height Advantage." The New
York Times. The New York Times, 08 Apr. 2015. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.
This article is about how Dutch people on average are the tallest in the world. In the pst, Dutch people have been relatively short compared to the rest of the world so this result is surprising. This increase in height has two reasonable factors: better health care and diet, but scientists have also found evidence that evolution is assisting in making them taller. In a new study, they used a medical database called LifeLines with profiles of everyone in the Netherlands. Out of the 46,612 people they viewed, they found that men who were taller had more children. An example in the article is that men who were 5’6, in the 1950s had 2.15 children while men who were 6’1” in the same time period had 2.39 children. Genes and natural reasons could also lead to this being established but it also could be natural selection.
This article is relative to society today because people, on average, are much taller than they used to be a few hundred years ago. This affects our lives because in the future people might be significantly taller than we are now and give us a better sense of the evolution of humans. It gives us clues as to what changes are going to be made to the human race in the next few hundred years. We might even be alive to witness a small change. Although height doesn’t seem very important, it could impact the health and functions of society in the future.
This article is useful because it used facts from a study and the opinions of other scientists. The article provides necessary background needed to fully understand the topic and gives interesting statistics. More studies are needed to completely prove this theory but the steps that the scientists are taking are heading in the right direction to determine the evolution course of the human race.