Paleodemography: “Not quite dead”

Lyle W. Konigsberg, Susan R. Frankenberg

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Abstract

As Kim Hill1 recently noted in Evolutionary Anthropology, humans are unique among the hominoids with regard to the length of their lives, as well as other elements in the individual life histories. The evolutionary details that modified a basic pongid life history into a hominid one remain obscure, but aspects of recent human demographic history are assailable. Study of the last 10,000 years or so is an important part of ongoing anthropological discourse, for demographic changes may be intimately linked to such major developments as agriculture and urbanization.2‐8 Whether demographic changes are antecedents for or consequences of these major developments is a matter of great contention, but at the least we should attempt to document the nature of human demographic changes in the recent past. Although this documentation can take different forms, the principal sources are archeological information on past settlement patterns and analyses of prehistoric human skeletal material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-105
Number of pages14
JournalEvolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Age estimation
  • hazards analysis
  • maximum likelihood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology

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