The evolution of the patterning of human lactation: A comparative perspective

Maria A. Van Noordwijk*, Christopher W. Kuzawa, Carel P. Van Schaik

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Some four decades ago, Jeanne Altmann started her detailed field studies of baboon mothers and their infants with a focus on the behavioral ecology of maternal reproductive investment. Around the same time, Sarah Hrdy studied langur mothers and their infants, focusing on the influence of the social environment on a female's reproductive options and decisions. Their pioneering work has inspired many subsequent studies of female primate reproduction in its natural context and shaped our own work on primate mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-212
Number of pages11
JournalEvolutionary Anthropology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013


  • Cooperative breeding
  • Food processing
  • Life history
  • Provisioning
  • Weaning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology


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