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.