The evolution of premature reproductive senescence and menopause in human females : An evaluation of the "grandmother hypothesis".

@article{Hill1991TheEO,
  title={The evolution of premature reproductive senescence and menopause in human females : An evaluation of the "grandmother hypothesis".},
  author={Kim Hill and Ana Magdalena Hurtado},
  journal={Human nature},
  year={1991},
  volume={2 4},
  pages={313-50}
}
Reproductive senescence in human females takes place long before other body functions senesce. This fact presents an evolutionary dilemma since continued reproduction should generally be favored by natural selection. Two commonly proposed hypotheses to account for human menopause are (a) a recent increase in the human lifespan and (b) a switch to investment in close kin rather than direct reproduction. No support is found for the proposition that human lifespans have only recently increased… CONTINUE READING

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