Science Daily: Medieval People Nearly as Tall as Modern

A new study by the Ohio State University states that Northern European men of the early Middle Ages were nearly as tall as modern-day Americans.

Conventional wisdom has always believed that people in the Middle Ages were smaller than their modern descendents but that may not be the case.

"'Men living during the early Middle Ages (the ninth to 11th centuries) were several centimeters taller than men who lived hundreds of years later, on the eve of the Industrial Revolution,' said Richard Steckel, a professor of economics at Ohio State University and the author of a new study that looks at changes in average heights during the last millennium."