Adipose tissue in human infancy and childhood: an evolutionary perspective.

  title={Adipose tissue in human infancy and childhood: an evolutionary perspective.},
  author={Christopher W Kuzawa},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={Suppl 27},
Humans diverge from most mammals, including nonhuman primates, by depositing significant quantities of body fat in utero and are consequently one of the fattest species on record at birth. While explanations for the fat layer of human neonates have commonly assumed that it serves as insulation to compensate for hairlessness, empirical support for this hypothesis is presently weak. Whether the tissue's abundance at birth and growth changes in adiposity during infancy and childhood might be… CONTINUE READING
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