Evolution, development and timing of puberty

  title={Evolution, development and timing of puberty},
  author={P. Gluckman and M. Hanson},
  journal={Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism},
  • P. Gluckman, M. Hanson
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine
  • Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • The age of menarche has fallen as child health has improved. Although there is ample evidence of delayed puberty being associated with poorer childhood nutrition, menarche is also influenced by prenatal factors. In particular, early onset of puberty is reported in children who have migrated from developing to developed countries. Evolutionary perspectives suggest that these effects can be explained by adaptive mechanisms. They also provide an explanation for the human pubertal growth spurt. In… CONTINUE READING
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