Human Life History Project

Human Life History Research Project


We study the evolution of human life history and behaviour using a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches. Our theoretical work uses evolutionary game theory to understand the evolution of life history in long-lived social animals, including humans. In these long-lived species, an individual’s social environment changes as it ages, and so the strength of selection for traits which affect the fitness of other group members also changes. Our models can predict how patterns of mating and dispersal should affect fertility, mortality, and senescence, and can provide new testable explanations for the evolution of unusual human life history.

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Evolution of Human Behaviour


In terms of behaviour, we collaborate with Dr Shakti Lamba to investigate how different demographic patterns might influence the maintenance of cooperation among small-scale societies in India. Dr Lamba has set up a long-term project which examines contributions to building wells in villages of the Pahari Korwa tribe in the state of Chhattisgarh in central India.