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Migliano has formulated and tested in her three publications (Migliano 2005; Walker et al. 2006; Migliano et al. 2007) a hypothesis explaining pygmy size as the result of a “fast” life history strategy (Charnov 1993) in which early start of reproduction and growth termination are adaptive responses to high external mortality rates. We thank Becker et al. [2010 (this issue)] for the careful analysis of our work and the editors of Human Biology for the opportunity to clarify the points made in their commentary. Their criticisms are in part related to a regrettable typo in a figure that we did not see at the page proof stage; the other points do not seriously challenge our hypothesis, as discussed in what follows.