Birth to Grandmotherhood: Childrearing in Human Evolution

Event Dates: 
Feb 21, 2014 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Kristen Hawkes, University of Utah
Wenda Trevathan, Professor Emerita, New Mexico State University

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.

Event Sessions

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Date Media Session Title Speakers
Fri 2/21 File Welcome and Opening Remarks Margaret Schoeninger, University of California, San Diego
Fri 2/21 File Birth and the Newborn Infant Wenda Trevathan, Professor Emerita, New Mexico State University
Fri 2/21 File Infant State in Apes and Humans Kim Bard, University of Portsmouth
Fri 2/21 File Breast Milk and Breastfeeding Katie Hinde, Arizona State University
Fri 2/21 File Oxytocin Pathways and Human Evolution Sue Carter, Indiana University
Fri 2/21 File Sharing Childcare and Knowledge in Infancy Barry Hewlett, Washington State University, Vancouver
Fri 2/21 File Human Fathers Hillard Kaplan, University of New Mexico
Fri 2/21 File Hunter-Gatherer Childhood and Human Evolution Melvin Konner, Emory University
Fri 2/21 File Grandmothers and the Extended Family Kristen Hawkes, University of Utah
Fri 2/21 File Born Human: How The Utterly Dependent Survive Sarah Hrdy, Professor Emerita, University of California, Davis
Fri 2/21 File Wrap-Up, Question and Answer, and Closing Remarks Speaker TBD