Evolutionary perspectives on human height variation


My research in the past has focussed on variation in human height. In particular, how evolutionary processes have been and are shaping variation in stature. I tried to address questions like: Why is there such variation across countries in height? Why are women on average shorter than man? In what ways does height play a role in mate choice and competition? Does natural selection act on height in contemporary populations? Why are the Dutch so tall? Why am I so tall?


Gert Stulp


March 16, 2018

I have published quite a bit on height (see also the list of publications). The one reference to rule all (my) other height publications is:

Stulp, G. & Barrett, L. (2016). Evolutionary perspectives on human height variation. Biological Reviews 91(1): 206-234.

Also, I will not publish on the topic again. I have had enough.


I lied: here is a more recent publication:

Stulp, G, Bonnel, T & Barrett, L. (2023). Simulating the evolution of height in the Netherlands in recent history. The History of the Family 28(2), 434-456. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1081602X.2023.2192193