human evolution - Int J Primatol (2007) 28:11771179 DOI

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BOOK REVIEW Kristin Hawkes, Richard R. Paine (eds): The Evolution of Human Life History School of American Reseach Press, Santa Fe, NM, 2006, xiii + 505 pp., $34.95 (paperback) Adrienne Zihlman Published online: 2 October 2007 # Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2007 The Evolution of Human Life History , an outcome of a workshop in 2002 as part of the School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series, focuses on defining unique aspects of human life history. Contrasts with apes, lives of hunter-gatherers, lactation, and paleodemography are among the topics discussed. A number of theories and models that touch on aspects of life history are debated or defended. Life history theory grew out of population biology of the 1950s and became a major focus within evolutionary theory that related individual life-history phenomena to consequences for populations. In his investigation of primate biology, Adolph Schultz emphasized that modern humans had the longest life stages, including fetus to adult, when compared with his extensive nonhuman primate data. Life history as a theory came center stage into primatology with the extensive comparative grid of variables from gestation length, weaning age, age at sexual maturity, to life spans modeled by Harvey et al. ( 1987 ). They demonstrated the variation in patterns of life history across >100 primate species and discussed the connection of these variables with body and brain size and growth. Life history theory expanded in anthropology through conferences and publications that went beyond the reproductive life history variables to include variables influencing survival, especially growth and develop-
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