Archaeologists Discover 5,000-Year-Old Dwarf Human Skeleton

Dwarf Human Skeleton

Archaeologists have found very rare findings in China. Archaeologists have found human skeletons that have unusual dwarf shapes, as quoted by Livescience.

Dwarf Human Skeleton

The archaeologists discovered the human skeleton in the cemetery near the Yellow River, China. The skeleton was found along with skeletal remains of people who lived between 3300 and 2900 BC, according to the Forbes report .

Of all the skeletons, there is a human skeleton with a dwarf shape. The bones in this human skeleton appear short and weak compared to other skeletal remains.

Archaeologists claim that the dwarf’s skeleton belongs to adults who suffer from bone dysplasia, also known as dwarfism. Bone dysplasia is a condition that interferes with bone development, causing a person to have a shorter than average body.

The archaeologists said the findings are very rare. Archaeologists believe that the owner of the skeleton may have problems with the underactive thyroid and pituitary glands.

Both of these glands function to regulate hormones in the human body. The tissues and organs of the body may fail to grow as they should.

This condition can inhibit bone growth, cognitive development, heart function, and lungs. Thyroid and pituitary dysfunction can be caused by lack of important nutrients, such as iodine.

In China, cases of disease due to thyroid hormone problems are higher than in the US. This is due to the fact that many Chinese like to eat less food with iodine in it, according to Forbes.

“I think it is important for us to realize that disabilities and differences can be found in the past, but this does not always have a negative social or cultural connotation,” said Si├ón Halcrow, Archaeologist at Otago University.

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