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Evolution of Life Histories (306-0-20)


Aaron Allen Miller
847 4917003
Dept of Anthropology 1810 Hinman Room A63
Office Hours: Available by appointment
Aaron Miller is a biological anthropologist and lab manager for the Laboratory for Human Biology Research. His research involves working from an evolutionary theoretical background that examines the plasticity of human biology and asks how aspects of biology respond to the environment in adaptive ways. His general research interests include human reproductive ecology, energetics, nutrition, breastfeeding, and research methods (both laboratory and field). His research includes field sites in Bolivia and Indonesia.

Meeting Info

ANTHRO Sem Rm 104 - 1810 Hinmn: Tues, Thurs 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

This course introduces life history theory as an integrated framework for understanding the biological processes underlying the human life cycle and its evolution. After constructing a solid foundation in life history theory and the comparative method, the class will address questions such as: Why do humans grow and develop much more slowly than other primate species? Why do we have so few offspring? What is the significance of puberty? What is the function of menopause? In-depth analysis of several case studies will allow the class to examine in detail the utility of life history theory for explaining aspects of human development and behavior from an evolutionary perspective.

Evaluation Method

Two exams, reaction papers, participation

Class Materials (Required)

Readings available on Canvas