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EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN FAMILY

WE STUDY THE EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN FAMILY, IN ALL ITS DIVERSITY, FROM FEMALE-CENTERED TO MALE-CENTERED, AND FROM SMALL TO LARGE. WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS GIVE RISE TO DIFFERENT FAMILY SYSTEMS AND HOW FAMILY SYSTEMS HAVE EVOLVED OVER TIME.

FAMILY DIVERSITY

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HUMAN LIFE HISTORIES

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EVOLUTIONARY DEMOGRAPHY

WE STUDY HOW EVOLUTION SHAPES EVERY STAGE OF THE HUMAN LIFE HISTORY, FROM CONCEPTION TO DEATH. EVOLUTIONARY INSIGHTS PROVIDE THE BASIS FOR UNDERSTANDING THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF DIVERSITY IN DEMOGRAPHIC BEHAVIOR, INCLUDING FERTILITY, MARRIAGE, SEX RATIOS, MORBIDITY,  MORTALITY, AND MIGRATION.

RECENT NEWS

12/18 LAB MEMBERS SIOBHAN MATTISON AND ADAM REYNOLDS (WITH KATHERINE WANDER) PUBLISHED A COMMENTARY ABOUT THE FLEXIBILITY OF HUMAN LIFE HISTORIES IN RESPONSE TO THE TARGET ARTICLE BY LUOTO ET AL. POSITING A NEW THEORY OF FEMALE NON-HETEROSEXUALITY

THE COMMENTARY IS IN ARCHIVES OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR

READ ABOUT IT HERE

9/3 LAB DIRECTOR SIOBHAN MATTISON BEGINS A POSITION AS ROTATING PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR THE CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM AT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION