Evolutionary hypotheses for human childhood

@article{Bogin1997EvolutionaryHF,
  title={Evolutionary hypotheses for human childhood},
  author={Barry A. Bogin},
  journal={American Journal of Physical Anthropology},
  year={1997},
  volume={104},
  pages={63-89}
}
  • B. Bogin
  • Published 1997
  • Biology, Psychology
  • American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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… 
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