Re: Pygmies In Space--was Re: from 6 billion to 500 million: how?

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Wed Feb 07 2001 - 12:32:23 MST

On Wed, 7 Feb 2001, Ross A. Finlayson wrote:

> In the Niven stories about low and zero-g human life, the people evolved
> slightly longer limbs. That was an environement where they were free falling in
> atmosphere. So, it is completely different than how today we build a space
> station very conservatively with regards to human requirements.

IIRC, long bone growth relies on impact and torsion forces to signal
growth. Therefore, someone growing up under reduced gravity could wind up
much *shorter*.

I have no reason to believe they would turn green, however.


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