I saw a story in Ramanand Sagar's TV serial 'Krishna' (and this story should be from Shreemad Bhagavatam) which goes as follows.

When King Kakudmi and his daughter Revati came back from Bramhalok, to meet Lord Balarama, for marrying Revati with him, the height of Kakudmi and Revati was much greater than people in Dwapar Yuga, so Balarama had to touch his plough on Revati to get her down to his size. The difference in height was reasoned at the time as Kakudmi and Revati actually belonged to Satya yuga or Treta Yug.

So, my question is whether there is anything written in Hindu texts which explains the average height & weight of people in different yugas and also any reason why people are becoming shorter in height with each yuga.

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    why people becoming shorter relates to biology. There are some texts, that refer about height. Example lord rama height was refered in sundarakanda.
    – Avis
    Dec 15 '14 at 19:24
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    I always had this doubt. Never got satisfactory answer. It is mentioned in different places , as the yuga progresses,height,mental capabilities , virtues , dharma decreases. But if it was the case , it should have discovered in different anthropological research. If we could able to get bones of dinosaurs, which became extinct 66 million years ago, why cant we get single human skeleton , which belonged to another yuga?
    – tekkk
    Dec 16 '14 at 7:14
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    If we map those 66 million years into yugas , it means dinosaurs started being getting destroyed in the middle of 16th kaliyuga before current one. 66 million years = 16 mahayuga ( 1 mahayuga = 1 cycle of satya,treta,dwapara,kali yuga).
    – tekkk
    Dec 16 '14 at 7:14
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    People who have met Ashwatthama also claimed that he is around 12 feet in height. People are becoming smaller and smaller as the time goes on.
    – Pinakin
    Oct 18 '15 at 5:50
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    @sysinit, you're point is valid in that not all people might have had proper antima sanskaar. but it's a game of numbers.. there were several million dinosaurs, none of which were burnt, not even buried. even with that, we only find a few fossils rarely. Now think about humans. if only few humans were buried, what are the chances of finding their fossils ?
    – mar
    Aug 27 '17 at 1:12

I am providing answer related to heights of humans in different yuga only

In the Skanda Purana, while explaining the greatness of the Yugas, their extent and special features, Brhaspati told the measurements for heights of humans in different yugas.

[KRTA YUGA]: ....They are as tall as five Talas(Palms).....

[TRETA YUGA]: ....They are one Tala (palm tree) in height....

[DVAPARA YUGA]: ....Some come to a height of five Hastas and others four Hastas.....

[KALI YUGA]: ....In the beginning of the Yuga, men reach the height of three and a half Hastas. From there they diminish in size even as Kali advances.....

[CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN: Characteristics of the Four Yugas, Book VI: Nagara Khanda, Skanda Purana]

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