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Ranging from the latest achievements of modern fertility clinics to the lives of subsistence farmers in the rain forests of Africa, this book offers both a broad and a minutely detailed exploration of human reproduction. Ellison combines the perspectives of anthropology, stressing the range and variation of human experience; ecology, sensitive to the two-way interactions between humans and their environments; and evolutionary biology, emphasizing a functional understanding of human reproductive biology and its role in our evolutionary history. Whether contrasting female athletes missing their periods and male athletes using anabolic steroids with Polish farm women and hunter-gatherers in Paraguay, or exploring the intricate choreography of an implanting embryo or of a nursing mother and her child, this book advances a rich explanation of the mechanisms by which we reproduce and the evolutionary forces behind their design.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674011120
ISBN-10: 0674011120
Format: Paperback
(225mm x 146mm x 19mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter T. Ellison

Peter T. Ellison is John Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

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