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Researchers have unearthed an ancient forearm bone from the Mabuni Hantabaru archeological site in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, believed to be from a Jomon period male roughly 169 centimeters tall -- much taller than the average 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 Matsu#a, 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,"
The bones of another male estimated to be 164 centimeters tall have also been unearthed at the site. However, Matsu#a said with only two samples of relatively tall people being found, there was no evidence that their height had been passed on genetically.