Karthik Panchanathan

Curriculum vitae

Department of Anthropology

University of Missouri

112 Swallow Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Development: Evolutionary ecology's midwife

Journal article

Karthik Panchanathan, W. Frankenhuis, H. Barrett
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2010

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Panchanathan, K., Frankenhuis, W., & Barrett, H. (2010). Development: Evolutionary ecology's midwife. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

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Panchanathan, Karthik, W. Frankenhuis, and H. Barrett. “Development: Evolutionary Ecology's Midwife.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2010).

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Panchanathan, Karthik, et al. “Development: Evolutionary Ecology's Midwife.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2010.

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  title = {Development: Evolutionary ecology's midwife},
  year = {2010},
  journal = {Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  author = {Panchanathan, Karthik and Frankenhuis, W. and Barrett, H.}


Abstract We agree with Henrich et al. that documenting cultural universality and variability provides an indispensable window into human nature. We want to stress the mediating role development plays between evolution and culture. Moving beyond the mere documentation of universality or variability, developmental approaches can provide mechanistic explanations, linking ecology to phenotype. Combining phylogeny and adaptationism, evolutionary approaches can explain the properties of developmental systems.


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