C. G .N. Mascie Taylor Lyliane Rosetta Parkes | Reproduction and adaptation


Organized around four key themes, this book provides a valuable review of some of the most important recent findings in human reproductive ecology


In the space of one generation major changes have begun to take place in the field of human reproduction. A rapid increase in the control of fertility, and the understanding and treatment of sexual health issues, has been accompanied by an emerging threat to reproductive function linked to increasing environmental pollution and dramatic changes in lifestyle.


Organized around four key themes, this book provides a valuable review of some of the most important recent findings in human reproductive ecology. Major topics include the impact of the environment on reproduction; the role of physical activity and energetics in regulating reproduction; sexual maturation and ovulation assessment; and demographic, health and family planning issues. Both theoretical and practical issues are covered, including the evolution and importance of the menopause and the various statistical methods by which researchers can analyze characteristics of the menstrual cycle in field studies.

C. G. Nicholas Mascie Taylor is Professor of Human Population, Biology and Health at the University of Cambridge. His main fields of research are the inter-relationships between nutrition, growth, disease and reproductive ecology.

lyliane rosetta is a recently retired senior scientist from the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France. Her research is devoted to the study of the regulation of fertility in relation to nutrition, energetics and the resulting energy availability.


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