Tiny People Have “Evolved” in the Forest. In an evolution only view, tiny people have evolved in rainforests, as tiny steps are better there. A Proceedings of the Royal Society B study takes a look on populations who dwell in rainforests. Many people, such as Pygmies and other hunter-gathered tribes, such as the Batek people of Peninsular Malaysia and the Tsimane people of Bolivian Amazon, tend to be small.
According to the study, small people tend to live in forest, as their steps are small. “They have evolved to be short in order to navigate the dense jungle environment more efficiently.”
“The distribution of people around the world reflects the very specific environmental pressures as well," says Dr. Vivek Venkataraman, head author of the study.