Heterochrony pp 277-326 | Cite as

Behavioral and Human Heterochrony

  • Michael L. McKinney
  • Kenneth J. McNamara


One of the main themes of this book is that viewing evolutionary change from a heterochronic perspective can often provide much insight, in particular by showing relationships among ontogenies of related groups. We feel that this potentially powerful explanatory view has been largely neglected because of needlessly intimidating terminology and convoluted classifications. Perhaps nowhere else has this neglect been more strongly felt than in the study of evolutionary changes in behavior. Such changes are obviously tightly intertwined with morphological evolution (as both cause and effect) and evolutionary insights about behavioral changes are difficult to come by.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. McKinney
    • 1
  • Kenneth J. McNamara
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Western Australian MuseumPerthAustralia

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