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How Children Invented Humanity: The Role of Development in Human Evolution

David F. Bjorklund


Infants and children are the often-ignored heroes when it comes to understanding human evolution. Evolutionary pressures acted upon the young of our ancestors more powerfully than on adults. Changes over the course of development in our ancestors were primarily responsible for the species and the people we have become. This book takes an evolutionary developmental perspective, emphasizing that developmental plasticity—the ability to change our physical and psychological selves early in life—is the creative force in evolution, with natural selection serving primarily as the Grim Reaper, or a fi ... More

Keywords: evolutionary psychology, evolutionary developmental psychology, Evo Devo, epigenetics, neoteny, plasticity, hypersociality, social brain hypothesis, shared intentionality theory, mismatch hypothesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190066864
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190066864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David F. Bjorklund, author
Professor of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University