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11/26/04

Iranian Anthropologist Catalogs Tallest, Shortest Skeletons

The tallest man in ancient Iran was 192.5 centimeters while the shortest was 145 centimeters and the oldest human being was 85 years old, announced an Iranian anthropologist, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

Farzad Foruzanfar has studied on 600 skeletons unearthed from the historical sites of Silak (Kashan), Erisman (Natanz), Qomroud (Qom), the Burnt City (Sistan-Baluchistan province), Talesh (Gilan province), Khazand (Semnan province), Gharbalibiz (Yazd) and Azure Mosque (Tabriz) indicated that a man aged between 35 to 40 years old who was 192.5 centimeters tall lived 5,000 years ago in the Burnt City while the shortest were those of women whose heights were 145 centimeters, whose skeletons were unearthed in both Khazand (Semnan) and Talesh (Gilan province).

Those living in the mountainous areas were short while the inhabitants of the desert areas were tall with long arms. The average height of women was 155 centimeters and the tallest woman was 175 centimeters, Foruzanfar said, adding the average height of men was 165 centimeters and the shortest man was 150 centimeters tall.

On the life expectancy of ancient Iranians, he said that the skeleton of an 85-year old woman who lived 5,000 years ago was unearthed from the Burnt City.

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