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In Search of the Secret Land of the Pygmies


One man's quest to uncover the hidden land of the pygmies.

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One man's quest to uncover the hidden land of the pygmies.

Archaeologist Peter McAllister had never given much thought to Pygmies. When he chanced upon an early 20th-century photograph of Pygmy-sized people in far north Queensland, he thought his eyes were deceiving him. A visit to the area, however, quickly revealed that several tribes of Pygmy Aboriginal peoples really did live in Australia’s rainforest north – and still do.

McAllister’s attempts to unravel the origins of Australia’s Pygmy peoples led him down a winding path. Obscured from the view of mainstream history, Pygmy peoples still live in isolated pockets around the world, from South America to South-East Asia. But are these distinct populations related? Could the ancient Pygmy myths of the Greeks and Romans really be true? Is the short stature of modern Pygmy peoples due to genetic codes or environmental conditions? And are today’s Pygmy peoples really remnants of the ancient Pygmonia, or ‘land of the Pygmies’, that anthropologists once believed had spanned the entire globe? Quirky and insightful, Pygmonia takes you on a remarkable journey to answer these questions and more.

Peter McAllister, author of Pygmonia: My Quest For The Secret Land Of The Pygmies

Peter McAllister

Peter McAllister is a science writer and archaeologist from Western Australia. His main research interest is paleoanthropology, and he writes funny and informed science books about what evolution can teach us about the human condition. His popular science book, Manthropology, is currently under development as a documentary series. Peter also writes prize-winning sci-fi thrillers like his novel Cosmonaut, which was developed for a major motion picture by Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow. Outside his work as a scientist and writer, Peter has held jobs as: a journalist, a graphic artist, an advertising salesman for a country music radio station, and once (nearly) as a Chinese-speaking football commentator.