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Building Babies now available online

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Building Babies: Primate Development in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective was a macrosomic fetus* that took quite a few twists and turns down the pelvic canal to finally be born. But get borned it did! Edited by me, Katie Hinde and Julienne Rutherford, our hope is that this volume will be both inspiration for future work, as we worked hard to recruit authors doing cutting edge research, and a great reference for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty alike. We hope the book will also be interesting to those of you non-academics with an interest in babies or ladybusiness.

If your university subscribes to Springer, then all of the chapters of Building Babies are free in pdf form, and there is a low-cost option for a paperback copy. If your university doesn’t subscribe, you likely have a free interlibrary loan option that will get some pdfs in your hands. And paper copies should hit stores soon. This book is a hefty 531 pages, so paper copies will be pricey. I would recommend getting your hands on pdf copies if dropping serious cash isn’t an option for you.

*”Macrosomic” just means a really big baby. But I felt like using the big word today.

Kate Clancy About the Author: Dr. Kate Clancy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. She studies the evolutionary medicine of women’s reproductive physiology, and blogs about her field, the evolution of human behavior and issues for women in science. Find her comment policy here. Follow on Twitter @KateClancy.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. kristilewton 6:51 pm 08/31/2012

    Congratulations!

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