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Biology, Brains, & Behavior

The Evolution of Human Development

Edited by Sue Taylor Parker, Jonas Langer, and Michael L. McKinney

An exciting new cross-disciplinary field of biocultural research is emerging at the start of the twenty-first century: developmental evolutionary biology. Looking at the behavioral ontogeny of primates, the authors-leading scholars of biological anthropology, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience-pose questions that probe our fundamental understanding of the human species.

2000. 408 pp., figures, tables, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

Contributors: Steven C. Caton, Nancy N. Chen, Joseph Masco, Monir Moniruzzaman, Carolyn Rouse, Lesley A. Sharp, Glenn Davis Stone, Ida Susser, David Vine, Michael J. Watts

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“[In this volume] evolutionary questions are cast in a developmental context that enriches understanding of both development and evoltuion…. This book is recommended for specialists … and for generally interested scientists, because of its broad integrative view of emerging fields.”
—Dr. Lorraine McCune, Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 76, no. 4 (December 2001)

“This book is essential reading for researchers in the field of human evolution, as well as for those interested in general patterns and processes of behavioural development.”
—Dr. P. C. Lee, Journal of Human Evolution (2001)

“Biology, Brains, and Behavior is an ambitious and largely successful attempt … to integrate the insights gained and questions raised in a multidisciplinary seminar devoted to the evolution of human behavioural ontogeny at the School for American Research in 1995… It is a fertile source of hypotheses for future research and an important addition to the literature devoted to human cognitive evolution.”
—Dr. Anne Weaver, Journal of Anthropological Research 58 (2002)


  1. Comparative Developmental Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, and Psychology: Convergences in the Study of Human Behavioral Ontogeny
    Sue Taylor Parker
  2. Evolving Behavioral Complexity by Extending Development
    Michael L. McKinney
  3. Heterochrony in Brain Evolution: Cellular versus Morphological Analyses
    Terrence W. Deacon
  4. The Onogeny and Phylogency of Language: A Nueral Network Perspective
    Elizabeth Bates and Jeffrey Elman
  5. The Developmental Timing of Primage Play: A Neural Selection Model
    Lynn A. Fairbanks
  6. Evolutionary Development, Life Histories, and Brain Size: Finding Connections via a Multivariate Method
    John Gittleman, H.-K. Luh, C.G. Anderson, and S.E. Cates
  7. Current Issues in the Investigation of Evolution by Heterochrony, with Emphasis on the Debate over Human Neotency
    Brian Shea
  8. The Heterocronic Evolution of Primate Cognitive Development
    Jona Langer
  9. Cultural Apprenticeship and Culture Change: Tool Learning and Imitation in Chimpanzee and Humans
    Patricia Greenfield, Ashley Maynard, Christopher Boehm, and Emily Yut Schmidtling
  10. Homo erectus Infancy and Childhood: The Turning Point in the Evoltion of Behavioral Development in Hominids
    Sue Taylor Parker
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