Michael Gurven

Summary

Affiliation: University of California
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Physical activity and modernization among Bolivian Amerindians
    Michael Gurven
    Integrative Anthropological Sciences Unit, Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e55679. 2013
  2. pmc Infant and fetal mortality among a high fertility and mortality population in the Bolivian Amazon
    Michael Gurven
    University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Anthropology, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Soc Sci Med 75:2493-502. 2012
  3. pmc From the womb to the tomb: the role of transfers in shaping the evolved human life history
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, United States
    Exp Gerontol 47:807-13. 2012
  4. pmc Does blood pressure inevitably rise with age?: longitudinal evidence among forager-horticulturalists
    Michael Gurven
    Integrative Anthropological Sciences Program, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Hypertension 60:25-33. 2012
  5. ncbi request reprint How long does it take to become a proficient hunter? Implications for the evolution of extended development and long life span
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    J Hum Evol 51:454-70. 2006
  6. ncbi request reprint Mortality experience of Tsimane Amerindians of Bolivia: regional variation and temporal trends
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Am J Hum Biol 19:376-98. 2007
  7. ncbi request reprint Hunting, social status and biological fitness
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Soc Biol 53:81-99. 2006
  8. pmc Energetic demand of multiple dependents and the evolution of slow human growth
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 3210, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 273:835-41. 2006
  9. pmc Inflammation and infection do not promote arterial aging and cardiovascular disease risk factors among lean horticulturalists
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    PLoS ONE 4:e6590. 2009
  10. pmc Has actuarial aging "slowed" over the past 250 years? A comparison of small-scale subsistence populations and European cohorts
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Evolution 63:1017-35. 2009

Research Grants

  1. The Human Life Course and the Biodemography of Aging
    Hillard S Kaplan; Fiscal Year: 2010

Detail Information

Publications35

  1. pmc Physical activity and modernization among Bolivian Amerindians
    Michael Gurven
    Integrative Anthropological Sciences Unit, Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e55679. 2013
    ..We assess age patterns of adult activity among men and women, test whether modernization affects activity levels, and examine whether nascent obesity is associated with reduced activity...
  2. pmc Infant and fetal mortality among a high fertility and mortality population in the Bolivian Amazon
    Michael Gurven
    University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Anthropology, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Soc Sci Med 75:2493-502. 2012
    ..g. hypertension, atherosclerosis and diabetes) in adulthood due to the relatively traditional Tsimane lifestyle...
  3. pmc From the womb to the tomb: the role of transfers in shaping the evolved human life history
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, United States
    Exp Gerontol 47:807-13. 2012
    ..Our results illustrate the importance of transfers in several key domains and suggest that the absence of transfers would greatly increase human mortality rates throughout the life course...
  4. pmc Does blood pressure inevitably rise with age?: longitudinal evidence among forager-horticulturalists
    Michael Gurven
    Integrative Anthropological Sciences Program, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Hypertension 60:25-33. 2012
    ..Greater town proximity was associated with a lower age-related increase in pulse pressure. Effects of modernization were, therefore, deemed minimal among Tsimane, in light of their lean physique, active lifestyle, and protective diet...
  5. ncbi request reprint How long does it take to become a proficient hunter? Implications for the evolution of extended development and long life span
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    J Hum Evol 51:454-70. 2006
    ..Those skills can take an additional ten to twenty years to develop after achieving adult body size...
  6. ncbi request reprint Mortality experience of Tsimane Amerindians of Bolivia: regional variation and temporal trends
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Am J Hum Biol 19:376-98. 2007
    ..We hypothesize that this pattern is due to a combination of differential access to medical interventions, a continued lack of public health infrastructure and Tsimane cultural beliefs concerning sickness and dying...
  7. ncbi request reprint Hunting, social status and biological fitness
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Soc Biol 53:81-99. 2006
    ..Despite the impression that most of the benefits that accrue to good hunters are in the form of extra-marital mating opportunities, we argue instead that most benefits may be gained within rather than outside marital unions...
  8. pmc Energetic demand of multiple dependents and the evolution of slow human growth
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 3210, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 273:835-41. 2006
    ..Our conclusion is that slow human growth followed by a rapid adolescent growth spurt may have facilitated rising human fertility rates and greater investments in neural capital...
  9. pmc Inflammation and infection do not promote arterial aging and cardiovascular disease risk factors among lean horticulturalists
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    PLoS ONE 4:e6590. 2009
    ..In contrast, moderate to vigorous daily activity, minimal obesity, and low fat intake predict minimal CVD risk among older Tsimane...
  10. pmc Has actuarial aging "slowed" over the past 250 years? A comparison of small-scale subsistence populations and European cohorts
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Evolution 63:1017-35. 2009
    ..To interpret these results, we attempt to bridge population-based evolutionary analysis with individual-level proximate mechanisms...
  11. ncbi request reprint Why do men hunt? A reevaluation of "man the hunter" and the sexual division of labor
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Curr Anthropol 50:51-62; discussion 62-74. 2009
    ..We present a framework incorporating trade-offs between mating and subsistence strategies in an economic bargaining context that contributes to understanding men's and women's roles in hunter-gatherer societies...
  12. ncbi request reprint Costly punishment across human societies
    Joseph Henrich
    Department of Anthropology, Emory University, 1557 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
    Science 312:1767-70. 2006
    ..These findings are consistent with models of the gene-culture coevolution of human altruism and further sharpen what any theory of human cooperation needs to explain...
  13. pmc Aging and inflammation in two epidemiological worlds
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 63:196-9. 2008
    ..Further testing of the links among infection, inflammation, and chronic diseases of aging among the Tsimane requires collection of age-specific indicators of atherosclerosis and cardiac function...
  14. doi request reprint Spousal violence and paternal disinvestment among Tsimane' forager-horticulturalists
    Jonathan Stieglitz
    Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 87131, USA
    Am J Hum Biol 23:445-57. 2011
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  15. pmc Adaptations in humans for assessing physical strength from the voice
    Aaron Sell
    Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 277:3509-18. 2010
    ..These results provide, to our knowledge, the first direct evidence that both men and women can accurately assess men's physical strength from the voice, and suggest that estimates of strength are used to assess fighting ability...
  16. pmc Why do men seek status? Fitness payoffs to dominance and prestige
    Christopher von Rueden
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 278:2223-32. 2011
    ..Furthermore, men are motivated to pursue status because of fitness gains both within and outside of marital unions: dominant and prestigious men have more in-pair surviving offspring as well as more extra-marital affairs...
  17. pmc Why do women have more children than they want? Understanding differences in women's ideal and actual family size in a natural fertility population
    Lisa McAllister
    Department of Anthropology, Integrative Anthropological Sciences Program, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Am J Hum Biol 24:786-99. 2012
    ..We test three hypotheses for why women may exceed their IFS despite experiencing socioeconomic development: (H(1) ) limited autonomy; (H(2) ) improved maternal condition; and (H(3) ) low returns on investments in embodied capital...
  18. doi request reprint The goals of direct paternal care among a South Amerindian population
    Jeffrey Winking
    Department of Anthropology, Texas A and M University, 4352 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843 4352, United States
    Am J Phys Anthropol 139:295-304. 2009
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  19. doi request reprint Learning, menopause, and the human adaptive complex
    Hillard Kaplan
    Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1204:30-42. 2010
    ..Given this pattern of economic productivity, delays in menopause would produce net economic deficits within families...
  20. doi request reprint The total cost of father desertion
    Jeffrey Winking
    Department of Anthropology, Texas A and M University, College Station, 77843 4352, USA
    Am J Hum Biol 23:755-63. 2011
    ..We estimate the total number of children that a deserting father can expect to lose due to reduced survivorship over the life course in five populations, and compare this loss to the benefit gains from remarrying a younger wife...
  21. pmc Polygyny among the Tsimane of Bolivia: an improved method for testing the polygyny-fertility hypothesis
    Jeffrey Winking
    Department of Anthropology, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843 4352, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 280:20123078. 2013
    ..We report a significant link between polygyny and reduced fertility when including all cases of polygyny; however, this association disappears when testing only for intra-individual effects...
  22. doi request reprint How universal is the Big Five? Testing the five-factor model of personality variation among forager-farmers in the Bolivian Amazon
    Michael Gurven
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
    J Pers Soc Psychol 104:354-70. 2013
    ..We offer evolutionary perspectives on why the structure of personality variation may not be invariant across human societies...
  23. pmc Modernization, sexual risk-taking, and gynecological morbidity among Bolivian Forager-horticulturalists
    Jonathan Stieglitz
    Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
    PLoS ONE 7:e50384. 2012
    ..However, literate women experience lower likelihood of trichomoniasis. Parity has no effect on risk of GM. Our results suggest a net increase in risk of reproductive morbidity among rapidly modernizing, resource-stressed populations...
  24. doi request reprint Voice change as a new measure of male pubertal timing: a study among Bolivian adolescents
    Carolyn R Hodges-Simeon
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Ann Hum Biol 40:209-19. 2013
    ..Unfortunately, no parallel marker exists for boys. It is suggested that voice change has a number of advantages as a marker of the timing and degree of male pubertal development...
  25. pmc Physical competition increases testosterone among Amazonian forager-horticulturalists: a test of the 'challenge hypothesis'
    Benjamin C Trumble
    Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 279:2907-12. 2012
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  26. pmc Intergenerational wealth transmission and the dynamics of inequality in small-scale societies
    Monique Borgerhoff Mulder
    Department of Anthropology and Center for Population Biology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
    Science 326:682-8. 2009
    ..Differences in the technology by which a people derive their livelihood and in the institutions and norms making up the economic system jointly contribute to this pattern...
  27. pmc The evolutionary and ecological roots of human social organization
    Hillard S Kaplan
    Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364:3289-99. 2009
    ..Finally, we apply this framework to understanding variation in social and political organization across foraging, horticulturalist, pastoralist and agriculturalist societies...
  28. pmc Why do men marry and why do they stray?
    Jeffrey Winking
    Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 274:1643-9. 2007
    ..We found that Tsimane men appear to be biasing the timing of their affairs to when they are younger and have fewer children, supporting the provisioning model...
  29. ncbi request reprint Growth rates and life histories in twenty-two small-scale societies
    Robert Walker
    Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 87131, USA
    Am J Hum Biol 18:295-311. 2006
    ..In sum, the origin and maintenance of different human ontogenies may require explanations invoking both environmental constraints and selective pressures...
  30. doi request reprint When the strong punish: why net costs of punishment are often negligible
    Christopher R Von Rueden
    Integrative Anthropological Sciences, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 3210, USA
    Behav Brain Sci 35:43-4. 2012
    ..In addition, benefits may exceed costs when punishers have relatively greater physical and social capital and gain more from cooperation. We provide examples from the Tsimane horticulturalists of Bolivia to support our claims...
  31. doi request reprint Patterns of senescence in human cardiovascular fitness: VO2 max in subsistence and industrialized populations
    Anne C Pisor
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
    Am J Hum Biol 25:756-69. 2013
    ..g., high physical activity) promotes high levels and slow decline. Alternatively, high activity levels and morbidity might counterbalance such that Tsimane fitness levels and decline are similar to those in industrialized populations...
  32. pmc Antagonism between two intestinal parasites in humans: the importance of co-infection for infection risk and recovery dynamics
    Aaron D Blackwell
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 3210, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 280:20131671. 2013
    ..lamblia infection. Our results provide evidence for an antagonistic relationship between helminths and giardia, and suggest that co-infection should be considered in disease transmission models and treatment decisions. ..
  33. pmc Human adaptations for the visual assessment of strength and fighting ability from the body and face
    Aaron Sell
    Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 276:575-84. 2009
    ..These studies are the first empirical demonstration that, for humans, judgements of strength and judgements of fighting ability not only track each other, but accurately track actual upper-body strength...
  34. pmc Reciprocity explains food sharing in humans and other primates independent of kin selection and tolerated scrounging: a phylogenetic meta-analysis
    Adrian V Jaeggi
    Integrative Anthropological Sciences, Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 3210, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 280:20131615. 2013
    ..This study is the first to use meta-analyses to quantify these effects on human helping and to directly compare humans and other primates. ..
  35. ncbi request reprint "Economic man" in cross-cultural perspective: behavioral experiments in 15 small-scale societies
    Joseph Henrich
    Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
    Behav Brain Sci 28:795-815; discussion 815-55. 2005
    ..Fifth, in many cases experimental play appears to reflect the common interactional patterns of everyday life...

Research Grants1

  1. The Human Life Course and the Biodemography of Aging
    Hillard S Kaplan; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..The results, combined with measures of aging and disease in other populations such as the U.S., Mexico and Indonesia, may help to explain the historical increases in life expectancy over the past several centuries. ..