Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Life History

1. the chronological progression of changes through which an organism passes in its development from the primary stage to its death.

2. the chronological progression of an individual’s development in his or her social environment.

3. the biographical study of a people.

4. pattern of allocation of time and energy, throughout life, to fundamental components of an animal’s development and physiology, including body size, relative brain size, metabolism, rate of maturation, lifestyle variables, and reproductive parameters.

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