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Stress and Human Evolution

April 5, 2017

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How do trauma, poverty, and racial discrimination influence our health? What about our evolutionary history causes our bodies to respond in this way? Biological anthropologist Zaneta Thayer explores the biological mechanisms through which early life stress influences biology and health later on. 

About the Speaker

Zaneta Thayer

Zaneta Thayer is an assistant professor of biological anthropology at Dartmouth College. She graduated with a B.A. in anthropology and biology from Dartmouth College, and earned her Ph.D. in biological anthropology at Northwestern University. Her research aims to understand how early life environments shape patterns of human biological variation and the biological mechanisms through which environmentally induced variation can shape evolutionary change. 

Read more

  • Read about how material deprivation predicts maternal evening cortisol in pregnancy and offspring cortisol reactivity in the first few weeks of life
  • Watch Dr. Zaneta Thayer discuss early exposures to stress.
  • Study up on Dr. Thayer’s research and publications. See below:

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