Bill Gates Says Studying Dinosaurs Can Help Us Save More Kids’ Lives

The bones of prehistoric beasts aren’t just cool to uncover — they can be vital tools in today’s fight against malnutrition, too.

In a Feb. 24 blog post, Bill Gates described how scientists can apply their knowledge on the growth of dinosaurs to fight malnutrition in children.

Gates specified research being done by Nathan Myhrvold, who — using statistical methods he’d gathered from his research on dinosaurs — was able to accurately map the relationship between a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and childhood growth stunting.

“Dinosaur growth, as crazy as it sounds, does give you important insights which, both at the policy level and hopefully, eventually, at the individual level, are going to help us do a better job of treating malnourished kids,” Myhrvold said in the video by the Gates Foundation above.

Malnutrition is a dire issue in the developing world. According to the World Health Organization, the globe is off track to meet global nutrition targets that had been laid out by the World Health Assembly. The organization had aimed for the number of stunted children age 5 and under to be 100 million by 2025, but if current trends continue, —> Read More Here


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