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Human Senescence: Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspectives

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 36

By: Douglas E Crews

291 pages, Tabs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #136093 | ISBN: 0521571731
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Much research on the biology of senescence is on cell-lines, nematodes or fruit flies, that are only of peripheral relevance to the problems encountered in humans. Human Senescence reviews the evolutionary biology of human senescence and life span, and the evolutionarily recent development of late-life survival. It examines how human patterns of and variability in growth and development have altered later life survival probabilities and competencies, and how survival during mid-life contributes to senescent dysfunction and alteration. Discussing possibilities of further extending human life span, it gives a better understanding of how humans came to senesce as slowly as we do over our lifespan. Bringing together gerontological, anthropological and biocultural research, it explores human variation in chronic disease, senescence and life span as outcomes of early life adaptation and the success of humankind's sociocultural evolution. It will be a benchmark publication for all interested in how and why we age.


Preface; 1. Introduction and background; 2. Evolutionary and biological theories of senescence; 3. Human variation: growth, development, life history and senescence; 4. Human variation: chronic diseases, risk factors and senescence; 5. Human life span and life extension; 6. Discussion and perspectives; References.

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Douglas E. Crews is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and School of Public Health at the Ohio State University.

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