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first_imgFor Cygnus, which subsequently built a proprietary CMS, created an integrated database and began aggressively using responsive design, the idea was technology would not only enable new business, it would keep advertisers from going off the reservation. In addition to its capabilities, it became a calling card.”If all we are is a company that talks to an audience, then we’re at risk,” he said. “We need to be a partner that has technology on the bleeding edge that can best help our marketing partners.”That sentiment was echoed later during the lunch keynote from Glam Media founder Samir Arora, by the way, who made no bones about describing Glam as a technology company.But Johnson’s co-presenter put the focus back on content. “Unless you’re literally licensing software, please don’t call yourself a technology company,” said John Siefert, CEO of Virgo Publishing. “If you’re a media company, that’s not what you do. You’re creating content and then people are advertising around that content. For us, the software that runs our business is critical, we would not exist without it. But what we are is a media company that creates content.”Siefert warned that industry trends can be prematurely exaggerated into mission-critical strategies. “People become so focused on the sex appeal of the technology that they don’t focus on the content and how it works inside that technology.”He pointed to marketing automation technology as one area where many publishers are potentially devaluing their audience. “We’ve gotten to the point where we’re way too reliant on automating the process of lead-gen, instead of listening to the audience and engaging. We’ve over-teched it. We want to be thought drivers for our audience instead of just looking at them as leads.”The way out of that trap, suggests Siefert, is to put process before technology. “A lot of times technology defines the process,” he said. “What we try to do is define the process and find our build technology to support it.” The relationship between magazine publisher and technology is becoming ever more complex. For some, technology is so central it’s easy to begin to think that it’s what defines you. The issue calls up the classic argument: What’s more important, content or technology/delivery?At this week’s MediaNext conference in New York one session attempted to tackle that question, though the two presenters came at it from different perspectives.Blair Johnson, senior vice president, business development, at Cygnus Business Media, noted that the technology that social networks, and advertisers themselves, were creating were beginning to disintermediate the company. “The disruptions were allowing the brands to go directly to the consumer,” he said. “If we can’t get [technology] right for ourselves, how are we going to get it right for our advertisers?”last_img read more

VIDEO State Rep Ken Gordon Interviews Congressman Seth Moulton

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: State Rep. Ken Gordon Discusses 2018 Legislative AccomplishmentsIn “Videos”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On Legalizing Sports Betting, Opioid Crisis & MoreIn “Government” BURLINGTON, MA — On the latest episode of his “Rappin’ with the Rep” local access TV show, State Rep. Ken Gordon, who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington along with all of Burlington and Bedford, interviewed U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton. They talk local transportation, President Trump’s emergency declaration, gun reform, fake news, political transparency and more.Watch the episode below, courtesy of Burlington Access Cable TV:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 25 Road Rage On Butters Row Bridge Turtle

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, June 25, 2019:Red light out was out at the entrance of the MBTA parking lot on Main Street. Mass Highway notified. (1:28am)A caller reported a large turtle in the Reed Street roadway. Turtle made it safely across. (7:16am)A caller reported there may be a man in a van living behind Ristuccia Arena. Man was advised he cannot stay on the property without permission. Party departed. (8:18am)A cat was struck by a car on Andover Street. Animal Control Officer brought cat to Mass Vet in Woburn. (8:28am)A caller reported an ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend keyed his vehicle on Salem Street. (12:56pm)Animal Control Officer removed a snapping turtle from a driveway on Vermont Road. (2:15pm)A caller reported a past road range incident on Butters Row Bridge. Male party in red pickup truck got out of vehicle and yelled at caller and another car to back up and give him the right of way. (4:18pm)A Church Street resident reported two vehicles, possibly Civics, drove past his home at high rate of speed estimated to be 90 MPH. Police unable to locate. (8:03pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 10: Driver Issued Summons; Bunny & Turtle Issues; Homeowner Gets Surprise After MidnightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 8: Wilmington Man Arrested For Assault & Battery With A Dangerous WeaponIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Fiat Chrysler Dodge 4 Photos Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Roadshow bids farewell to its long-term 2017 Chrysler… Now playing: Watch this: Chicago Auto Show 2019 Share your voice Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Minivans Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Caravan special editions are minivan marvels reading • 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Caravan special editions honor minivans in Chicagocenter_img See All Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sold more than 270,000 minivans in 2018 giving it a 55 percent market share in the segment. Fitting as FCA originally gave birth to the class back in 1984. Since then it’s rolled out thoughtful innovations such as Stow ‘n Go seating and brought the first hybrid model to market with the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. To mark 35 years of the minivan, the company will debut the imaginatively named 35th Anniversary Edition models of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan at the Chicago Auto Show. 3:49 For the regular Pacifica with the 287-horsepower Pentastar V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission, the anniversary package will be offered on Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited versions. The Pacifica Hybrid, which boasts up to 32 miles of all-electric driving range and 520 miles of total range from its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, will be available as the 35th Anniversary Edition on Touring L and Limited trim levels. Anniversary Pacificas will differ from regular models on the outside with a 35th Anniversary badge and liquid chrome Chrysler wing badges and gloss black trim on the front fascia and rear liftgate. Inside, a black interior will be dressed with Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the Nappa leather seats, steering wheel and door panels. The 35th Anniversary logo will also be embroidered into the front floor mats.Enlarge ImageCelebrate 35 years of the minivan with special badges and black trim. FCA Customers will also be able to give their 35th Anniversary Edition Pacificas a more sinister appearance with an optional S Appearance package that adds a black grille, headlight accents, rear valance molding, badges and wheels to the exterior.As for the Dodge Grand Caravan that soldiers on into 2019 still based on previous generation underpinnings that debuted in 2008, it will also receive some 35th Anniversary Edition love. Available on SE and SXT trims, the anniversary changes encompass 17-inch silver aluminum wheels, bright grille and 35th Anniversary fender badges. Like the Pacifica, it’ll get Cranberry Wine stitching on the seats, steering wheel, door trim and the anniversary logo embroidered into the front floor mats on the black interior. The Dodge also receives a piano black console and gauge cluster accents. 2019-dodge-grand-caravan-35th-anniversary-1Enlarge ImageDon’t forget about the Dodge Grand Caravan, which rocks 17-inch silver aluminum wheels in anniversary edition trim. FCA The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Edition will go on sale this summer. Pricing isn’t available yet, but a drastic price increase of the regular models likely isn’t in the cards. For reference, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L begins at $37,790, including $1,495 for destination, while the full-zoot Limited starts at $45,940. A 2019 Grand Caravan SE stickers at $28,145, including $1,495 destination and Grand Caravan SXT with standard navigation punches in at $33,645. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Comments • Chicago Auto Show 2019 Chrysler Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more 2last_img read more

first_imgRishabh PantDelhi Capitals TwitterWicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been confirmed as the replacement for Shikhar Dhawan after the latter was ruled out of the entire ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, in England due to a thumb injury.The prolific opener suffered the injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia. While the X-ray didn’t show any fracture, CT scan revealed otherwise and Dhawan was taken to a specialist for further assessment. He was given time to recover but according to sources he needed two weeks to recover, leading to his omission from the squad for the rest of the tournament.It will be a huge loss for the Virat Kohli-led side as the southpaw is a very important part of the team and was in form.The 21-year-old, wicket-keeper batsman Pant, who plays for Delhi Capitals, was not included in the 15-member squad for the World Cup. Experienced campaigner Dinesh Kartik was selected instead of him which triggered mixed reactions from experts and fans. He had scored 488 runs in 16 matches of the IPL including three half-centuries. But the team management felt he is not ready for the World Cup. His performance for India is not that good though, he has played five ODIs scoring 93 runs at an average of 23.25. Considering his form in the IPL former cricketers around the world stated that the selectors played it ‘safe’ by choosing Kartik.Rishabh Pant is already with the team as cover for Dhawan. He reached Manchester and joined the Indian team ahead of the clash against Pakistan. India are currently placed fourth in the table and will next face Afghanistan on Saturday, June 22. The Delhi Capitals batsman might get a call up in that match considering India having a much better chance of winning against the minnows who are yet to win a game in the tournament.last_img read more

first_imgBloomberg founder Micheal BloombergReutersFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg rejoined the Democratic Party on Wednesday, going back to his political roots weeks before the November 6 congressional elections and amid speculation that he might run for the White House in 2020.Bloomberg, the billionaire founder, and chief executive of global media company Bloomberg LP, said in a post on social media he was re-registering as a Democrat, citing a potential constitutional crisis under Republican President Donald Trump, a fellow New York businessman.”At key points in U.S. history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution. Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats,” Bloomberg wrote in a post on Instagram.”Today, I have re-registered as a Democrat – I had been a member for most of my life – because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs.”Bloomberg, 76, was a longtime Democrat who became a Republican before running for mayor of the largest U.S. city in 2001. He left the Republican Party to become an independent in 2007 and served three terms as New York’s mayor, stepping down in 2013.He has considered running for president in the past as an independent but never did. The Guardian newspaper reported in August that he was considering running in 2020 as a Democrat.Representatives for Bloomberg could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.A frequent critic of Trump, Bloomberg has donated $80 million to help Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives and $20 million to help Democrats running for U.S. Senate, which Republicans now narrowly control 51 to 49.Democrats are aiming to pick up 23 seats in the House to win a majority in the lower chamber, something political analysts have said is more likely than gaining an edge in the Senate.Taking control of either chamber would give Democrats leverage to oversee Trump and his administration, including the ability to hold hearings and subpoena officials.Bloomberg has used his fortune, which Forbes magazine has pegged at $51.8 billion, to push a number of liberal causes including efforts to tackle global warming and gun deaths.last_img read more

Texas Receives 26 Million for Public Health Response to Opioid Epidemic

first_img Share Mark Lennihan/APThis Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York.The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has received $2.6 million in federal funds to expand the state’s public health response to opioids over the next year.The funds come through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will help local health departments and health care providers prevent overdose deaths and enhance the available data on opioid use in Texas, as well as expand the prescriber network for medication assisted treatment.According to DSHS, the funds will also improve the department’s ability to track opioid related illnesses and other conditions being seen in emergency rooms around Texas.Additionally, they will provide researchers and the public with more information on opioid use and its consequences via the DSHS Texas Health Data website. The website will allow access to more data and more quickly, down to county and ZIP code levels.“Having more information on where opioids are being used and their effects on communities will let state agencies and our partners in cities and counties focus their efforts where the needs are most pressing,” said DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt.Additional funds will be used to train public health personnel at the community level on when and how to properly administer naloxone, a drug that can help prevent someone from dying from an opioid overdose, so they can then train first responders and others in their communities.DSHS also expects the grant will increase the number of doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners permitted to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use in an office setting.Drug deaths in Texas and nationwide have been increasing and nearly half of all drug deaths in the state are attributed to opioids.last_img read more

Houstons Contributions to Combat Climate Change

first_img Share Listen The United Nations has just released a report on global warming and a local expert told Houston Matters Wednesday the Bayou City has become of the American metropolises leading the way with initiatives to better protect the environment.Gavin Dillingham is program director of Clean Energy Policy at Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and said what the report presents isn’t surprising but “hopefully it’s a wake-up call to a lot of people that may not have been paying as much attention to it or that still need maybe more information or data.”Dillingham noted that, a few years ago, the City of Houston “first looked at its internal operations and really tried to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions there through just improving operations in buildings and fleet to waste management, etcetera.”“Now the City is looking to do that on a community wide basis through its Climate Action Plan,” the expert added.Dillingham also highlighted that one of the main goals of Houston’s Climate Action Plan is to meet the city’s greenhouse gas reduction goals as initially established in the Paris climate agreement, from which the Trump administration withdrew last year.For Dillingham, there are several American cities that are working towards meeting those goals and “the City of Houston has really taken a good leadership role” by trying to combine cost-effective measures that will better protect the environment but that will also promote the city’s economic vitality.The expert also underscored the fact the City of Houston has recently joined the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a $164 million global effort to build urban resilience around the world.At a regional level, the HARC expert explained his organization is working on helping a group of nine counties near the Texas Gulf Coast to prioritize efforts to combat climate change. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /05:09last_img read more

Russell and the Transformation Team Fought Crime Together on the East Side

first_imgTickets purchased online can be collected at the Will Call window on the morning of the event. When the news about the prophecy was fully revealed, the roll call room at the Eastern District police station momentarily became eerily quiet. As the emotional impact of the experience was slowly absorbed throughout the room, the Baltimore faith leaders and law enforcement officers attending that meeting in early October 2008 were astonished, and even awestruck.That’s because months earlier, several of them had already heard that a man of God was coming with a clear plan to reduce crime in Baltimore that would forever change the lives of many Baltimoreans.And there he stood in front at the podium as what now seems, in retrospect, like a kind of crime fighting superhero, a supernatural spirit in full dress uniform with a black 40 caliber Glock dangling at his side: Major Melvin Russell.The meeting began at Russell’s invitation. It was a joint gathering of clergy and law enforcement, who would later become members of his Transformation Team.They had assembled to address the pressing issue of crime in East Baltimore.That evening, holding high an eight-point plan in his hand, Russell laid out his vision for transforming the bleakest outpost of bloodshed and gun-related violence in the entire city – the Eastern District – into a place of light. He told the faith leaders he couldn’t accomplish it alone.After listening intently to his plan, the Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, pastor of Freedom Temple AME Zion Church, rose to her feet to calmly inform Russell in a matter-of-fact voice that “your appearance comes as no surprise.”She told him that it had already been prophesied by the Rev. John Mulinde, a Ugandan minister from a world away, during his previous visit to Baltimore. Rev. Mulinde told Rev. Draper and other clergy that he had experienced a visitation from God during which he received the message that a man of peace would be arriving with a clear plan to rescue the city of Baltimore from the ravages of murder and drug-related crime.And once they heard the details of Russell’s own visitation, the events as they unfolded during that October meeting seemed to go way beyond a matter of coincidence. Before the meeting at Eastern District had adjourned, several of the city’s most hardened police officers had tears welling in their eyes, including their commanding officer, Major Russell, who collapsed to his knees and openly wept in front of everyone.“It was an amazing spectacle: the police roll call room had suddenly transformed into a church. This was so far away from anything that any of us had ever imagined happening in a police station,” said Rev. Draper.In describing the trek from that moment in 2008 to his appointment in 2013 as Lt. Colonel of the new citywide Community Partnership Division, Russell explained how it all began the night he was awakened from his sleep by God himself.Upon receiving his appointment as commanding officer of the Eastern District, Russell, who is also an assistant pastor, remembers that he immediately had prayed for the direction and vision to accomplish the enormous task that lay ahead.“And then exactly three nights later at 4 a.m. in the morning, He spoke directly to me. God downloaded his plan to me. If you can imagine how I felt, I was scared to death, trembling and excited like never before, all at the same time.”At the roll call meeting, he immediately formed his Transformation Team and with the assistance of many others began implementing the eight points of the plan in East Baltimore. For the children, the vast majority of whom had never even visited a local amusement park, the plan was akin to waking up in Disney World: hot dogs, cotton candy, entertainment, moon bounces, and face painting – the works.For parents, the bags of groceries, health care, and other practical assistance were received like manna from heaven.The centerpiece of Russell’s strategy, Days of Hope, encourages churches to take the lead in reinvesting and ministering in the communities where they are located rather than tolerating a spiritual vacuum in which church members commute to church on Sundays from their homes in the county, but are otherwise missing in action.Scores of these events in East Baltimore engaged thousands of residents, faith leaders, service providers, law enforcement, corporate sponsors, local businesses, teachers, health care providers from Johns Hopkins, and hundreds of others in creating life affirming events for those enduring the most impoverished living conditions.By the third year of the Days of Hope campaign, the shootings and homicide rate in East Baltimore had plummeted to a 40-year low.The turnaround focused on fostering mutual communication between the community and law enforcement, and building what Russell calls “spiritual equity” with the community. His early efforts captured the attention of then-City Council President, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who as Mayor helped launch the citywide Community Partnership Division in January 2013 to replicate Russell’s approach to crime fighting citywide.“Wouldn’t it be easier to bring the homicide rate down if we first build the relationship with the community so that when things happen they will call us,” said Russell, who instructs the officers under his command to share their cell phone numbers with community members as one of many innovative strategies to build a strong sense of community.The result was an overall drop in the Baltimore City homicide rate in 2008 to 234, a steep decrease from a high of 282 the year before, and a steady trend downward during the ensuing period.Yet despite the success in East Baltimore, the challenges of implementing Russell’s transformational model of policing on a citywide basis remain daunting.In 2011, Baltimore police reported 196 homicides, the lowest number of slayings in the city since 1978, and far lower than the peak homicide count of 353 in 1993.But the homicide rate in the city is still among the highest in the nation.“The city is in spiritual darkness. Money won’t fix it. Guns won’t fix it. I think Lt. Col. Russell deserves the credit and the resources to accomplish God’s plan. He can’t do it alone,” said Rev. Draper.Lt. Col. Melvin Russell will receive the AFRO’s first John H. Murphy Sr. Award, 8:30 a.m., March 29 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.  Click on the button below to purchase tickets. last_img read more

Endeavor Invests in AI Foundation Startup That Has Created AI Filters to

first_imgButtler said AI Foundation will be announcing commercial products in the next few months, based on its decentralizeed artificial-intelligence technologies. The company has 25 employees currently, most of whom are engineers and scientists.“Our focus will be commercial development and applications that naturally come out of the foundational technologies we are developing,” Buttler said. Popular on Variety AI Foundation recently introduced the first phase of Reality Defender, software built to run alongside digital experiences (such as web browsing) to detect potentially fake media. Similar to antivirus software, it scans every image, video, and other media that a user encounters for known fakes, allows reporting of suspected fakes, and runs new media through various AI-driven analysis techniques to detect signs of alteration or artificial generation.Lars Buttler, who is AI Foundation’s CEO, previously co-founded and was CEO of Trion Worlds, a games company whose massively multiplayer online games include “Trove” and “Rift.” He said the dual nonprofit/commercial mission is central to the startup’s success.“Bringing personal AI to everyone opens up a new world of personal media, forever transforming entertainment and communications,” Buttler said.Explaining AI Foundation’s partnership with Endeavor, Buttler said the talent agency and media company represents “many great stars, people who move the world,” Buttler said. “They have a very high interest in AI and what it can do for the world as well as preventing some of the dangers.” He cited the issues that have cropped up with Deepfakes, an AI tool that allows the image of a celebrity to be be superimposed on pornography.Rob Meadows, the CTO of AI Foundation who previously founded AI-enabled software startup Originate, said the Reality Defender works today as a browser plug-in similar to ad blocker. The goal is to have the technology broadly adopted as a way to alert users when they encounter fake media on the web.With the funding, Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister and David Jones, founder of You & Mr Jones, have joined the AI Foundation’s board. In addition, Biz Stone has joined the startup’s Global AI Council advisory group, tasked with researching and evaluating how AI can “move humanity forward, as well as anticipate and counteract its risks.”“The potential to recognize the true promise of AI and to amplify the best traits of humanity are the driving values of The AI Foundation,” Stone said in a prepared statement. “The recognition and proactive approach to the possible negative impact of this technology is also reassuring.” Endeavor is among the investors in AI Foundation’s $10 million initial round of funding, fueling the artificial-intelligence startup’s development of AI tools including a system that scans for and detects fake media.It’s the first outside funding for San Francisco-based AI Foundation, founded in 2017. The round was led by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund venture-capital firm and marketing-tech company You & Mr Jones, with participation by Endeavor and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Other investors in AI Foundation include movie producer Charles D. King, founder and CEO of production company Macro.The startup has an ambitious dual mission of creating both free artificial-intelligence tools to thwart the negative effects of AI as well as sell commercial products. The lofty goal of the AI Foundation: to “move humanity forward through the power of decentralized, trusted, personal AI, while anticipating and counteracting the risks of AI’s proliferation in society,” according to the company. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

A possible explanation for why pygmy people in the jungle are so

first_img Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct ‘hobbits’ © 2018 Science X Network Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Scientists have long been stumped by the short stature of pygmy people. Most pygmy people have developed shorter stature while living in a tropical region, such as in Malaysia or the Amazon jungle. But what about living in the jungle causes nature to select for shorter stature? Some have suggested a smaller body dissipates heat better, or can better deal with high humidity levels. But the truth is that no one knows the real reason. In this new effort, the researchers set out to find the answer. They first came up with a hypothesis, and then carried out some experiments to test their ideas.The hypothesis was that it is easier for shorter people to walk around in the dense jungle—taller people with longer strides find it more difficult to get around in dense jungle forests. To test this idea, the researchers built models meant to mimic the behavior of people of different sizes making their way through a jungle. They then compared what they found with real human beings—watching and recording as both taller people and pygmy people made their way through the jungles of the Batek of Peninsular Malaysia and the Tsimane in Bolivia.The researchers report that both their models and their observations of people walking in jungle environments agreed with their hypothesis—the shorter pygmy people were far better at making their way through the jungle, and it appeared that shorter step length was the reason. The shorter steps allowed the Pygmy people to move much more quickly through the dense underbrush, making foraging much more efficient. The researchers suggest their results offer the first evidence of the shorter stature of the Pygmy people being a phenotype with adaptive benefits. A team of researchers from the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, Harvard University, the University of Exeter and the University of California has come up with a new theory to explain the short stature of pygmies living in the jungle. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group suggests that shorter steps taken by shorter people are an evolutionary advantage in the jungle.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Vivek V. Venkataraman et al. Locomotor constraints favour the evolution of the human pygmy phenotype in tropical rainforests, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1492 Citation: A possible explanation for why pygmy people in the jungle are so short (2018, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-explanation-pygmy-people-jungle-short.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more