Ancient forearm bone from a tall man found in Japan

Published on August 31st, 2011 | by Admin


Researchers in Okinawa have unearthed a forearm bone which came from a man who was unusally tall (169cm) for the period.

The bone, measuring about 28 centimeters, is believed to be from the late Jomon period, dating back 3,000-4,000 years. The average height of males from the same period is about 158 centimeters.

Takayuki Matsushita, honorary head of the Doigahama Site Anthropological Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture, which conducted a survey of the area, said the find was unusual.

“Even on a national scale, this is an unusual height, and it could make a difference to research on people from the Jomon period,” Matsushita said.

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Story: Mainichi Daily News | Photo: Mainichi Daily News

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