Evolutionary hypotheses for human childhood

@inproceedings{Bogin1997EvolutionaryHF,
  title={Evolutionary hypotheses for human childhood},
  author={Barry Bogin},
  year={1997}
}
  • Barry Bogin
  • Published 1997
  • Biology
  • The origins of human childhood have fascinated scholars from many disciplines. Some researchers argue that childhood, and many other human characteristics, evolved by heterochrony, an evolutionary pro- cess that alters the timing of growth stages from ancestors to their descen- dants. Other scholars argue against heterochrony, but so far have not offered a well-developed alternative hypothesis. This essay presents such an alterna- tive. Childhood is defined as a unique developmental stage of… CONTINUE READING

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