Grandmothering and the evolution of homo erectus.

@article{Oconnell1999GrandmotheringAT,
  title={Grandmothering and the evolution of homo erectus.},
  author={J. O'connell and K. Hawkes and N. G. Blurton Jones},
  journal={Journal of human evolution},
  year={1999},
  volume={36 5},
  pages={
          461-85
        }
}
  • J. O'connell, K. Hawkes, N. G. Blurton Jones
  • Published 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of human evolution
  • Despite recent, compelling challenge, the evolution of Homo erectus is still commonly attributed to big game hunting and/or scavenging and family provisioning by men. Here we use a version of the "grandmother" hypothesis to develop an alternative scenario, that climate-driven adjustments in female foraging and food sharing practices, possibly involving tubers, favored significant changes in ancestral life history, morphology, and ecology leading to the appearance, spread and persistence of H… CONTINUE READING
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