Weaning behaviour in human evolution.

  title={Weaning behaviour in human evolution.},
  author={Louise T. Humphrey},
  journal={Seminars in cell & developmental biology},
  volume={21 4},
Human life history incorporates early weaning, a prolonged period of post-weaning dependency and slow somatic growth, late onset of female reproduction, reduced birth spacing and a significant post-reproductive female lifespan, combined with rapid early brain growth. Weaned human offspring lack the cognitive skills and physical capacity required to locate, procure and prepare foods that are appropriate for their immature state and sufficient for their high energy requirements. During the… CONTINUE READING