The Arc of Life: Evolution and Health Across the Life Course
Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies
Diana Sherry, Grazyna Jasienska, and Donna J. Holmes (editors)
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The rapid development of evolutionary medicine and public health allows for The Arc of Life to connect research by biological anthropologists to the understanding of variation in human health outcomes. This book showcases the perspective that biological anthropologists bring to the growing field of evolutionary medicine, but underscore the context of human life history -- especially the concept of evolutionary trade-offs and the ensuing biological processes that can affect health status over the life course. The dual emphasis presented in this book on both the life history theory and life cycle biology create a valuable, unique, and complimentary addition to books on the subject of evolution and health. This book consolidates diverse lines of research within the field of biological anthropology, stimulates new directions for future research, and facilitates communication between sub-disciplines of human biology operating at the forefront of evolutionary medicine.