Changing times: The evolution of puberty

  title={Changing times: The evolution of puberty},
  author={P. D. Gluckman and Mark A. Hanson},
  journal={Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology},
Commentary: The decreasing age of puberty--as much a psychosocial as biological problem?
This paper contributes significantly to the literature on factors that trigger puberty in non-Western societies and adds to the relatively sparse literature on the determinants of pubertal timing in boys, highlighting the gender differences in those determinants.
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This review connects Tanner's contributions to contemporary understanding of puberty as a process fundamentally driven by neuroendocrine maturation as well as introducing the concepts of the ‘hour-glass of puberty’ and ‘somatic strategy’ as heuristic constructs.
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The history and trends pertaining to pubertal development over time are outlined in this chapter.
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Evidence for a continued downward secular trend in age at menarche is shown, and changes in timing and tempo of female pubertal development in the UK should be considered on a continuum of adaptive plasticity that is evident in the population variation of female Pubertal Development, rather than measuring recent changes as pathology.
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Understanding the adaptive significance of child growth and development phenotypes, in the context of human-evolutionary changes and genomic conflicts, provides novel insights into the causes of disease in childhood.
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