Changing times: The evolution of puberty

@article{Gluckman2006ChangingTT,
  title={Changing times: The evolution of puberty},
  author={P. D. Gluckman and Mark A. Hanson},
  journal={Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology},
  year={2006},
  volume={254},
  pages={26-31}
}
An evolutionary and life history perspective is used to consider the evolution of puberty. The age of menarche would have evolved by the Neolithic to be matched to social maturity. It is suggested that in developed countries menarche is now returning to a similar age as in the Neolithic as infection and undernutrition, features of post-Neolithic society, have reduced impact. But recently the psychosocial expectations on adolescents in western societies have changed and social maturity now… Expand
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