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Birth to Grandmotherhood: Childrearing in Human Evolution
The live webcast for this symposium has ended.
The goal is to take a broad view of the importance of child-rearing in human evolution, from birth to the impact of grandmothers. From the moment of birth, human infants require an inordinate amount of care and, unlike our nearest living relatives, remain dependent on a variety of caretakers during an unusually long maturation period followed by extraordinary adult longevity. How did such a distinctive pattern of development evolve and what other human features are linked to it? In this symposium, we will take a comparative perspective and consider neuroendocrine factors, energetics, life-history trade-offs and consequences for culture.
UCSD-TV Broadcast Note: The videos of the talks delivered at this symposium will be premiering on UCSD-TV on April 14, 21, and 28 at 1 pm Pacific Time. UCSD-TV airs on Cox and Time Warner (Digital) Channel 135, Time Warner Del Mar (Analog) Channel 19, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and UHF (no cable) Channel 35. After these presentations are aired, they will be archived on this webpage, as well as at the UCSD-TV, iTunes, and YouTube websites.