CARTA- Birth to Grandmotherhood: Childrearing in Human Evolution – Breast Milk and Breastfeeding, Oxytocin Pathways and Human Evolution, and Hunter-Gatherer Childhood and Human Evolution

4/21/2014; 58 minutes

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? Katie Hinde (Harvard Univ) begins with a discussion about Breast Milk and Breastfeeding, followed by Sue Carter (Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) on Oxytocin Pathways and Human Evolution, and Melvin Konner (Emory Univ) on Hunter-Gatherer Childhood and Human Evolution. (#28017)

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