Welcome to the Baby Historian! In part one of this series, I covered the births of Jane Austen and her seven siblings, and the child care strategies of her parents during the 18th century in England. Across the five episodes of the second part, I will show that Jane’s attitudes about marriage were shaped– not […]
It’s not just that human babies are helpless at birth, it’s that they’re so huge, at least when we compare them to the size of other apes’ newborns. Fortunately we have all kinds of technology to help us carry them around. But how far back in history were our evolutionary ancestors dealing with these big babies?
Aradia Wyndhamadaptation, afarensis, altricial, attachment, austrolopithecus, babywearing, bipedalism, Birth, body hair, breastfeeding, Breastmilk, carrying, chimpanzee, clinging, desilva, dunsworth, energetic costs, energetics of gestation, foot morphology, gorilla, grasping, hominidae, homo, hrdy, human life history, IMMR, infant carrier, Lucy, mothering, neonatal, ontogeny, parenting, precocity, reflexes, selam, taylor, technology
This work is part of my project, The Evolution of Babywearing, which explores the evolutionary origins of the infant carrier and how it has shaped humanity as we know it. Many moons ago at a family gathering, a relative was complaining about her baby’s fussing, “He won’t let me put him down and he’s so […]