Grandmothers and their consequences

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Publication Type pre-print
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Anthropology
Creator Hawkes, Kristen
Title Grandmothers and their consequences
Date 2012-01-01
Description Both what we share and don't share with our primate cousins make us human. Easy enough to start a list. At least since Darwin, most would rate moral sentiments as distinctively human. But our modern selves didn't emerge from ancestral apes in one step. When did populations along the way become human? Before our big modern brains, before language, and before pair bonds, our longer lives, later maturity, and earlier weaning could have evolved in an already smart and gregarious ancestor due to rearing help from grandmothers. Although cooperative hunting and lethal between-group aggression are often nominated as evolutionary foundations for human prosociality, neither distinguishes us from chimpanzees. Grandmothering does. Our grandmothering life history intensified selection on infant appetites and capacities for social engagement, the foundation of our moral faculties.
Type Text
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Volume 21
Issue 5
First Page 182
Last Page 189
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Calcagno, J. M., Agustin, F., & Hawkes, K. (2012). What makes us human? Answers from evolutionary anthropology. Evolutionary Anthropology, 21(5), 182-9.
Rights Management (c) Wiley-Blackwell The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com ; This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Calcagno, J. M., Agustin, F., & Hawkes, K. (2012). What makes us human? Answers from evolutionary anthropology. Evolutionary Anthropology, 21(5), 182-9 , which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1002/evan.21328.
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