Energetics, Fecundity, and Human Life History Claudia Valeggia

  • Claudia Valeggia
  • Peter T. Ellison


Life history theory provides a rich framework within which demographic models can be developed and tested. This chapter provides a bridge between the study of the biology of life history and that of human demography by highlighting the importance of energetics as a major contributor in the regulation of female fecundity. Here, we illustrate the importance of incorporating energetic issues in human demography with our study of a population in transition, a community of Toba Amerindians in Northern Argentina.


breastfeeding energetics female fecundity lactational amenorrhea life-history trade-offs metabolic load postpartum fertility ovarian function reproductive cancers South American Indians 


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