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Demography and Evolutionary Ecology of Hadza Hunter-Gatherers


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Preface and acknowledgements; Part I. Demography: 1. Introduction; 2. Geography and ecology in the Eyasi basin; 3. History of the Hadza and the Eyasi basin; 4. Research strategy and methods; 5. Migration and intermarriage. Are eastern Hadza a population?; 6. Hadza regions. Do they contain sub-populations?; 7. Fertility; 8. Mortality; 9. Testing the estimates of fertility and mortality; 10. Hadza demography. A normal human demography sustained by hunting and gathering in sub-Saharan savanna; 11. The Hadza and hunter-gatherer population dynamics; Part II. Applying the Demographic Data to Hadza Behavior and Biology: 12. Introduction to part two; 13. The outcome variables: fertility, child survival, and reproductive success; 14. Men and women's reputations as hunters, traders, arrow makers, and diggers; 15. Marriage; 16. Another dependent variable. Growth as a proxy for fitness; 17. Inter-birth intervals; 18. Grandmothers as helpers; 19. Grandmothers and competition between the generations; 20. Children as helpers; 21. Husbands and fathers as helpers; 22. Variation among hunter-gatherers. Evolutionary economics of monogamy, male competition, and the sharing ethic; References; Index.

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A detailed study of the Hadza hunter-gatherers, examining ecological and demographical factors impacting upon the population.

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Nicholas Blurton Jones is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research has focussed on applying the methods of animal behaviour research in direct studies of human behaviour across varied settings including hunter-gatherer cultures. He has conducted fieldwork in Alaska and Botswana and between 1982 and 2000 made a series of field visits to the Hadza in Tanzania. He is the editor of Ethological Studies of Child Behaviour, published by Cambridge University Press in 1972.

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