Evolution of Human Life History

ISBN-10: 1930618727
ISBN-13: 9781930618725
Edition: 2006
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Description: Human beings may share 98 percent of their genetic makeup with their nonhuman primate cousins, but they have distinctive life histories. When and why did these uniquely human patterns evolve? To answer that question, this volume brings together  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press/SAR Press
Publication date: 8/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 524
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Human beings may share 98 percent of their genetic makeup with their nonhuman primate cousins, but they have distinctive life histories. When and why did these uniquely human patterns evolve? To answer that question, this volume brings together specialists in hunter-gatherer behavioral ecology and demography, human growth, development, and nutrition, paleodemography, human paleontology, primatology, and the genomics of aging. The contributors identify and explain the peculiar features of human life histories, such as the rate and timing of processes that directly influence survival and reproduction. Drawing on new evidence from paleoanthropology, they question existing arguments that link humans' extended childhood dependency and long "post-reproductive" lives to brain development, learning, and distinctively human social structures. The volume reviews alternative explanations for the distinctiveness of human life history and incorporates multiple lines of evidence in order to test them.

Introductionp. 3
The derived features of human life historyp. 17
Life history theory and human evolution : a chronicle of ideas and findingsp. 45
Slow life histories and human evolutionp. 95
Primate life histories and the role of brainsp. 127
Lactation, complementary feeding, and human life historyp. 155
Modern human life history : the evolution of human childhood and fertilityp. 197
Contemporary hunter-gatherers and human life history evolutionp. 231
The osteological evidence for human longevity in the recent pastp. 267
Paleodemographic data and why understanding holocene demography is essential to understanding human life history evolution in the Pleistocenep. 307
The evolution of modern human life history : a paleontological perspectivep. 331
Splitting (speciose) hominin taxonomyp. 365
Lumping (less speciose) hominin taxonomyp. 387
Notes for body mass and brain size data used in tables 11.3 and 11.4p. 395
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