The Arc of Life

Evolution and Health Across the Life Course

  • Grazyna Jasienska
  • Diana S. Sherry
  • Donna J. Holmes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Donna J. Holmes, Grazyna Jasienska
    Pages 1-6
  3. Peter B. Gray, Matthew H. McIntyre
    Pages 41-53
  4. Michael P. Muehlenbein, Sean P. Prall, Hidemi Nagao Peck
    Pages 99-120
  5. Lynnette Leidy Sievert
    Pages 121-138
  6. Donna J. Holmes
    Pages 139-157
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-199

About this book


This book examines ways in which research conducted by biological anthropologists can enrich our understanding of variation in human health outcomes. The book aims not only to showcase the perspective that biological anthropologists bring to the burgeoning field of evolutionary medicine, but to 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. This dual emphasis on life history theory and life cycle biology will make for a valuable and unique, yet complementary, addition to books already available on the subject of evolution and health. The book consolidates diverse lines of research within the field of biological anthropology, stimulates new directions for future research, and facilitates communication between subdisciplines of human biology operating at the forefront of evolutionary medicine.​


Darwin anthropology evolutionary medicine human life cycle reproduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Grazyna Jasienska
    • 1
  • Diana S. Sherry
    • 2
  • Donna J. Holmes
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Environmental HealthJagiellonian University Medical CollegeKrakowPoland
  2. 2.School of CommunicationInstitute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson CollegeBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biological Sciences and WWAMI Medical Education ProgramUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA

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