A comprehensive study published in the Oxford Economic Papers has revealed an increase in average male height across 15 European countries is up nearly 11 centimeters from the 1870s to 1980. Data was collected on hundreds of thousands of men. There was not enough historical data to do the same study on women.
Professor Tim Hatton of the University of Essex told the BBC that there was no “Darwinian explanation” to the trend. “People are surviving in the 20th Century who would not have survived in the 19th.”
Some would look at the gene pool and the concept of natural selection to account for this rapid increase, but there simply hasn’t been enough generations from the start of the data collection to account for the rise and still fit into the Darwinian concepts of evolution. Improved health care and medical technological advancements are also being used to explain this away, but there are no health benefits that come with being taller. In fact, the taller you are, the shorter your life expectancy.
Diet is the obvious answer here to some. We’re eating healthier now than we were before. Better nutrition at an early age is something that increases one’s final height, at least according to mothers and fathers trying to coax their children to eat their vegetables. However, this too falls to the unfortunate theory-bashing power of time. A healthy diet can definitely have an effect on one’s ability to be more healthy as they grow and over hundreds or thousands of generations could have the desired effect, but we’re talking about four or five generations here.
The reality that few seem willing to see is that change can and does happen more rapidly than evolution allows for and that a combination of natural selection (taller men are generally more desirable as mates), improved diet, and healthier overall conditions can easily be attributed to the mercurial rise in height if one simply acknowledges that evolution does not require thousands or millions of years to take place.
Science has the answers in this case but it would seem that they’re trying to use science to get around the flaws of their old science without crushing it. In other words, this isn’t the result of a rapidly evolving species but rather an anomaly generated by extreme changes in condition as well as unknown factors. The words “rapid” and “evolution” do not ring well together in the ears of Darwinian scientists, so they are chalking it up as a mystery rather than seeing the obvious, scientifically demonstrated reality that this creates.
Yes, we are getting taller because we’re healthier, eating better, and living in friendlier environments. The only thing that gets in the way of making this the simple and accepted answer is that it pokes a small but clear hole in parts of the theory of evolution that so many hold as doctrine.
(This article is part of the Compassion and Fear Series)