Evolutionary Significance of Female Longevity -- New Book

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Fri Apr 8 20:11:07 EST 2005


Here is a new book with Evolutionary Perspectives on Female Longevity:

The Evolutionary Significance of the Second Half of Female Life
Edited By Eckart Voland, Athanasios Chasiotis, Wulf Schiefenhoevel
Rutgers University Press

 Darwinian theory holds that a successful life is measured in terms of
reproduction. How is it, then, that a woman's lifespan can greatly
exceed her childbearing and childrearing years?   Is this phenomenon
simply a byproduct of improved standards of living, or do older
women-grandmothers in particular-play a measurable role in increasing
their family members' biological success?    Until now, these questions
have not been examined in a thorough and comprehensive manner.
Bringing together theoretical and empirical work by internationally
recognized scholars in anthropology, psychology, ethnography, and the
social sciences, "Grandmotherhood" explores the evolutionary purpose
and possibilities of female post-generative life.

 Students and scholars of human evolution, anthropology, and even
gerontology will look to this volume as a major contribution to the
current literature in evolutionary studies.

August 2005,  304 pages
ISBN 0-8135-3609-X,  Cloth $75.00
Order by phone: toll free (800) 446-9323
Order by email: bksales(at)rci.rutgers.edu
or visit

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