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Unformatted text preview: which the larger populations. And the smaller the number of contemporaremains became fossilized somehow selected against the pres- neous individuals found at a site, the more difficult it is to reliervation of older individuals at these sites. But the broad sur- ably estimate how old members were when they died because of
veys of the human fossil record—including the material from the statistical uncertainties associated with small samples.
But we realized that we could get at the question of when
these unusually rich sites and other sites containing fewer individuals—that my colleagues and I have conducted indicate that grandparents started becoming common in another way. Indying young was the rule, not the exception. To paraphrase stead of asking how long individuals lived, we asked how many
words attributed to British philosopher Thomas Hobbes, pre- of them lived to be old. That is, rather than focusing on absolute
ages, we calculated relative ages and asked what proportion of
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2013 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Roseman during the Spring '12 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.
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