ANTH627 - PARENTAL CARE PATTERNS AND LIFE HISTORY TRAJECTORIES

From an evolutionary anthropology perspective, there have been several attempts at modeling the interaction between parental care patterns and different aspects of human life history. The salient characteristics of human history that are puzzling/paradoxical/unique are the long period of infant/child dependency, the rapid pace of reproduction, and the long period of post-reproductive life. Some models emphasize some life stages more than others, but all of them feature some form of intergenerational transfer as the key adaptation that has influenced the evolution of human life history. In this seminar, we would review several of these evolutionary grounded models that highlight the association between particular elements of care patterns and life history traits, including aging. We will review the data that provides support for the grandmother hypothesis, the embodied capital hypothesis, the pooled energy hypothesis, and intergenerational transfer hypothesis. We will also discuss possible trade-offs/constrains and directionality issues regarding the association between the evolution of cooperative parental care and longevity. Research with both human and non-human primates will be discussed.
Section 301 - SEM
TBA TBA-
FERNANDEZ-DUQUE, EDUARDO
VALEGGIA, CLAUDIA