Introduction: Evolutionary theory and the search for a unified theory of fertility

  title={Introduction: Evolutionary theory and the search for a unified theory of fertility},
  author={John Bock},
  journal={American Journal of Human Biology},
  • John Bock
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Human Biology
Demography and evolutionary biology share common origins but have divergent emphasis on the role of theory in understanding population phenomena. A unified theory of fertility would be beneficial in explaining variation in demographic characteristics across geographic and temporal gulfs and in integrating disparate perspectives. The six papers in this thematic collection represent a nascent but vital field: human evolutionary demography. These papers examine the ways in which evolutionary… 
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