The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Evolution, development and timing of puberty

Gluckman, Peter D. and Hanson, Mark A. (2006) Evolution, development and timing of puberty Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 17, (1), pp. 7-12. (doi:10.1016/j.tem.2005.11.006).

Record type: Article

Abstract

The age of menarche has fallen as child health has improved. Although there is ample evidence of delayed puberty being associated with poorer childhood nutrition, menarche is also influenced by prenatal factors. In particular, early onset of puberty is reported in children who have migrated from developing to developed countries. Evolutionary perspectives suggest that these effects can be explained by adaptive mechanisms. They also provide an explanation for the human pubertal growth spurt. In the past few decades, as puberty has advanced, biological maturation has come to precede psychosocial maturation significantly for the first time in our evolutionary history. Although this developmental mismatch has considerable societal implications, care has to be taken not to medicalize contemporary early puberty inappropriately

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: January 2006
Keywords: female, child, childhood, animals, review, puberty, human, physiology, genetics, time, menarche, development, adolescent, health, evolution, research, child development, humans, nutrition, growth
Organisations: Cancer Sciences, Dev Origins of Health & Disease

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 44184
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/44184
ISSN: 1043-2760
PURE UUID: a2c9f9ff-a236-47f3-ad9c-48ba28ac8cfb

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 19 Feb 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:15

Export record

Altmetrics

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×