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Penn Geneticists Identify Genes Linked to Western African Pygmies' Small Stature

April 26, 2012

Bedzan Pygmies in Cameroon If Pygmies are known for one trait, it is their short stature: Pygmy men stand just 4'11" on average. Now, a study of the western African Pygmies in Cameroon, led by geneticists from the University of Pennsylvania, has identified genes that may be responsible for the Pygmies' relatively small size. Full Story

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