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The extended evolutionary synthesis and the role of soft inheritance in evolution
  • T. Dickins, Q. Rahman
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 7 August 2012
It is argued that the focus on soft inheritance has led to a conflation of proximate and ultimate causation, which has obscured key questions about biological organization and calibration across the life span to maximize average lifetime inclusive fitness. Expand
Whether niche construction is an evolutionary process, whether NCT obscures or clarifies how natural selection leads to organismal adaptation, and whether niche construction and natural selection are of equivalent explanatory importance are discussed. Expand
Early-life conditions and age at first pregnancy in British women
Investigation of associations between early-life conditions and age at first pregnancy in a large, longitudinally studied cohort of British women finds that low birthweight for gestational age, short duration of breastfeeding, separation from mother in childhood, frequent family residential moves and lack of paternal involvement are all independently associated with earlier first pregnancy. Expand
Evolutionary Theory and the Ultimate–Proximate Distinction in the Human Behavioral Sciences
This article focuses on three specific areas: the evolution of cooperation, transmitted culture, and epigenetics, and suggests ways in which misunderstanding may be avoided in the future. Expand
Full-time studying and long-term relationships: Make or break for mature students?
Abstract Results are reported of a 2-year longitudinal study looking at the effects of full-time degree study on full-time mature students who were also in long-term committed relationships. TheExpand
Aggression, empathy and sexual orientation in males
Homosexual males are reported to be less physically aggressive than heterosexual males (Ellis, Hoffman, & Burke, 1990; Gladue & Bailey, 1995). Previous aggression studies have not, however, comparedExpand
Symbols, Stimulus Equivalence and the Origins of Language
Recent interest in the origins of language, within the strongly cognitive field of Evolutionary Psychology, has predominantly focused upon the origins of syntax (cf. Hurford, Knight andExpand
Birthweight and paternal involvement predict early reproduction in British women: Evidence from the National Child Development Study
The results suggest that early‐life factors such as low birthweight for gestational age, and low paternal involvement during childhood, may affect women's reproductive development, leading to earlier target and achieved ages for reproduction. Expand
Evolutionary accounts of human behavioural diversity
It is argued that greater integration between the subfields is critical to developing a satisfactory understanding of diversity, and reaffirm that evolutionary theory provides an essential framework for understanding behavioural diversity within and between human populations. Expand
Why does relative deprivation affect mental health? The role of justice, trust and social rank in psychological wellbeing and paranoid ideation
Purpose – Relative deprivation is associated with poor mental health but the mechanisms responsible have rarely been studied. The purpose of this paper is to hypothesize that childhood perceivedExpand