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Title: Evolution of human life history
Authors: Bogin, Barry
Varea, Carlos
Keywords: Medical
Anthropology
Childhood
Adolescence
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: BOGIN, B. and VAREA, C., 2016. Evolution of human life history. Evolution of Nervous Systems. IN: Kaas, J. (ed.) Evolution of Nervous Systems. 2nd ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, Vol 4, pp. 37-50.
Abstract: The postnatal life cycle of the social mammals, including the nonhuman primates, has three basic stages of development: infant, juvenile, and adult. Human beings are unusual and add a childhood stage after infancy and an adolescence stage after the juvenile stage. The human pattern of life history in both brain and body growth entails a large investment of energy and time by older members of the social group toward infants and children. This is achieved via a new type of breeding strategy called biocultural reproduction. The evolution of human life history results in enhanced reproductive success for the individuals and our species.
Description: This book chapter is in closed access.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-804042-3.00103-2
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25854
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-804042-3.00103-2
ISBN: 0128040424
9780128040423
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