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RAI Research Seminar: Louise Humphrey
Wednesday 29 January 2020, 05:30pm - 07:30pm
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RAI RESEARCH SEMINAR

SEMINAR SERIES AT THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

The Evolution of Childhood

Dr Louise Humphrey, Natural History Museum, London

Wednesday 29 January at 5.30 pm

Life history incorporates a series of milestones that define the pace of life and the transitions between different lifetime stages. Modern human life histories incorporate several unique and derived features, including reduced birth spacing, weaning at a very early stage of dental and somatic development, investment in high levels of infant adiposity as a buffer against potential nutritional shortages, and reliance on care and provisioning by individuals other than the mother during a prolonged period of post-weaning dependency known as childhood. This talk will explore how new analytical approaches and recent archaeological and hominin discoveries have changed our understanding of how this pattern emerged during the course of human evolution.

Louise Humphrey is a researcher in the Centre for Human Evolution Research (CHER)  at the Natural History Museum in London. Her research interests include reconstructing individual life histories from skeletal and dental evidence.

This event is free, but tickets must be booked. To book tickets please go to https://louisehumphrey.eventbrite.co.uk


Location
Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
United Kingdom
http://www.therai.org.uk