Robert Martin, Ph.D., is Emeritus Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago, as well as a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. He was previously on the faculty of University College London, a visiting professor of anthropology at Yale, a visiting professor at the Musée de l’Homme, Paris, and the director of the Anthropological Institute in Zurich.
This book draws on forty years of research into the roots of everything from sex cells to infant care. It examines the reproduction of humans and our primate kin to reveal the natural basis for conceiving, developing and rearing babies. Although we cannot return to raising our children as our ancestors did, there are surprising consequences of how we do things now. For instance, breastfeeding has multiple advantages for both mothers and babies, which need attention when breast-feeding is not an option, and babies may be ready for toilet training far earlier than commonly thought.