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Life Was... Short


Source: Nikola Koepke and Joerg Baten (2006), "The Biological Standard of Living in Europe During the Last Two Millennia" http://www.eco.rug.nl/~jacobs/jjdownload/Workshop14May-Koepke.pdf

My visualization of the Cosmic All is deficient: why can we see the impact of the Black Death on living standards in female adult heights but not in male adult heights?

And do we take the rise in heights during the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west as a sign (a) that the barbarians killed a lot of people or (b) that post-barbarian invasion income distributions were much more equal than Roman ones?

And is it right to infer that the status of women was unusually and especially low in the Roman Principate and in the High Middle Ages?