Evolution of the human life cycle.

  title={Evolution of the human life cycle.},
  author={Barry Bogin and Brian H. Smith},
  journal={American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council},
  volume={8 6},
Social mammals have three basic stages of postnatal development: infant, juvenile, and adult. Some species also have a brief female post-reproductive stage. The human life cycle, however, is best described by five stages: infant, child, juvenile, adolescent, and adult. Women in both traditional and industrial societies may also have a long post-reproductive stage. Analyses of bones and teeth of early hominids who died as subadults suggest that the evolution of the new life stages of childhood… CONTINUE READING
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