Anna Vyrubova, Grand Duchesses Anastasia and Tatiana, Tsarevich Alexei, two officers and a little cousin(?): 1910.
Olga - 5’5”
Tatiana - 5’8”
Maria - 5’7”
Anastasia - 5’2”
And yet they still can’t seem to tell Maria and Anastasia’s skeletons apart…..admittedly their heights may have been a little different in the end due to growth spurts (I’ve read books claiming Maria was the tallest in the end and I kind of agree with that), but still- I find it hard to believe they can’t differentiate arguably the tallest sister from the shortest sister.
I don’t really buy the growth spurt theory. Baroness Buxhoeveden saw the girls on the way from Tobolsk to Ekaterinburg and nowhere in her memoirs does she remark that Anastasia had grown any taller. The Baroness had known the girls basically their entire lives so I would think that she would have noticed. She mentions other things like Olga being thin and depressed, so why would she not mention a notable difference in height? The idea that Anastasia could have grown 5 inches in a month and a half is absolutely absurd. Furthermore, most girls stop growing about 3 years after the onset of menstruation. Assuming that “M. Becker” began visiting around age 12, the girls should have been done growing around 15.
As for not being able to tell definitively which skeleton belongs to which girl, the remains discovered in 2007 (Anastasia and Alexei) were badly fragmented. The scientists used the girls’ long bones to determine height and there may not have been a complete one in the second grave. However, based on the heights of the three girls in the mass grave, I think that the evidence pretty definitively points to Anastasia being the absent Grand Duchess. All three young females in the mass grave were far too tall.
I am absolutely not a scientist, but that is my assessment based on the evidence available.