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Human Biodiversity: Seven-Footers
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April 30, 2013, 06:00 AM
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Here`s a fun 2011 Sports Illustrated article by Pablo Torre on retired NBA seven-footers:

Anactual accounting of 7-footers, domestic or global, does not exist in any reliable form. National surveys by the Center for Disease Control list no head count or percentile at that height. (Only 5% of adult American males are 6`3" or taller.) "In terms of the growth spectrum, 7 feet is simply extreme," explains endocrinologist Shlomo Melmed, dean of the medical faculty at L.A.`s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The term 7-footer is itself a kind of outer limit, a far-off threshold beyond which precise measurement seems superfluous. A 6`4" guard isn`t a 6-footer, after all. The curve shaped by the CDC`s available statistics, however, does allow one to estimate the number of American men between the ages of 20 and 40 who are 7 feet or taller: fewer than 70 in all. Which indicates, by further extrapolation, that while the probability of, say, an American between 6`6" and 6`8" being an NBA player today stands at a mere 0.07%, it`s a staggering 17% for someone 7 feet or taller.

There are a lot of issues with this, but it`s not a bad first cut at the question. 

The article focuses upon iSteve favorite Mark Eaton. I learned an important lesson from him when we were at UCLA in 1981.