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Ache Life History : The Ecology and Demography of a Foraging People - Kim Hill

Ache Life History

The Ecology and Demography of a Foraging People

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"...a magnificent achievement, and a landmark in at least three distinct fields: anthropological demography, human evolutionary ecology, and hunter-gatherer studies...." -- Evolutionary Anthropology

The Ache, whose life history the authors recounts, are a small indigenous population of hunters and gatherers living in the neotropical rainforest of eastern Paraguay. This is part exemplary ethnography of the Ache and in larger part uses this population to make a signal contribution to human evolutionary ecology.

-The Ache are a small indigenous population living in eastern Paraguay who, in the space of a single generation, have been transformed from autonomous hunter-gatherers to mission/reservation Indians. Hill and Hurtado began collecting demographic data on them in the late 1970s, and this study is the fruit of years of accumulated research. Their approach is grounded in evolutionary ecology. The chief methodological tool is life history theory, which concerns such matters as the timing of maturation, patterns of fertility and mortality in populations, and the assessment of optimal strategies and trade-offs... Upper-division undergraduates and above.-

--O. Pi-Sunyer, Choice

-...a magnificent achievement, and a landmark in at least three distinct fields: anthropological demography, human evolutionary ecology, and hunter-gatherer studies....-

-- Evolutionary Anthropology "The Ache are a small indigenous population living in eastern Paraguay who, in the space of a single generation, have been transformed from autonomous hunter-gatherers to mission/reservation Indians. Hill and Hurtado began collecting demographic data on them in the late 1970s, and this study is the fruit of years of accumulated research. Their approach is grounded in evolutionary ecology. The chief methodological tool is life history theory, which concerns such matters as the timing of maturation, patterns of fertility and mortality in populations, and the assessment of optimal strategies and trade-offs... Upper-division undergraduates and above."

--O. Pi-Sunyer, Choice

..".a magnificent achievement, and a landmark in at least three distinct fields: anthropological demography, human evolutionary ecology, and hunter-gatherer studies...."

-- Evolutionary Anthropology "The Ache are a small indigenous population living in eastern Paraguay who, in the space of a single generation, have been transformed from autonomous hunter-gatherers to mission/reservation Indians. Hill and Hurtado began collecting demographic data on them in the late 1970s, and this study is the fruit of years of accumulated research. Their approach is grounded in evolutionary ecology. The chief methodological tool is life history theory, which concerns such matters as the timing of maturation, patterns of fertility and mortality in populations, and the assessment of optimal strategies and trade-offs... Upper-division undergraduates and above."

--O. Pi-Sunyer, Choice

..".a magnificent achievement, and a landmark in at least three distinct fields: anthropological demography, human evolutionary ecology, and hunter-gatherer studies...."

-- Evolutionary Anthropology "The Ache are a small indigenous population living in eastern Paraguay who, in the space of a single generation, have been transformed from autonomous hunter-gatherers to mission/reservation Indians. Hill and Hurtado began collecting demographic data on them in the late 1970s, and this study is the fruit of years of accumulated research. Their approach is grounded in evolutionary ecology. The chief methodological tool is life history theory, which concerns such matters as the timing of maturation, patterns of fertility and mortality in populations, and the assessment of optimal strategies and trade-offs... Upper-division undergraduates and above."

--O. Pi-Sunyer, Choice

Preface
Acknowledgments
Life History and Demographyp. 1
The Achep. 41
Study Population and Sampling Methodsp. 83
Age and Sex Structure of the Study Populationp. 111
Causes of Mortalityp. 151
Rates of Mortalityp. 179
Development, Marriage, and Other Life Course Eventsp. 219
Female Fertilityp. 249
Male Fertilityp. 273
Resource Availability, Intrinsic Variation, and Life Cycle Constraintsp. 293
Body Size and the Timing of Sexual Maturityp. 341
Life History Trade-Offs and Phenotypic Correlationsp. 375
Kin Effects on Life Historyp. 419
Conclusionsp. 467
Appendix A. Implications of Stable Age Models for Deriving !Kung Agesp. 485
Appendix B. Block Rankings of Relative Agep. 491
Appendix C. Five Genealogies with Multiple Generationsp. 501
Referencesp. 529
Indexp. 553
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ISBN: 9780202020372
ISBN-10: 0202020371
Series: Foundations of Human Behavior
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 581
Published: 31st December 1995
Publisher: ALDINE PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.32  x 3.28
Weight (kg): 0.76