COMMENTS on W. Denham’s “Alyawarra kinship, infant carrying, and alloparenting” and the review of it by Herlosky et al., “Allomaternal care and the significance of naturalistic observations among contemporary foragers”
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 COMMENTS on W. Denham’s “Alyawarra kinship, infant carrying, and alloparenting” and the review of it by Herlosky et al., “Allomaternal care and the significance of naturalistic observations among contemporary foragers”

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Regarding a possible theory about the distribution of alloparenting, which is what Denham’s ethnographic paper is at least implicitly dealing with and which is nicely addressed by the Herlosky et al review of Denham, especially the broad range of the relevant literature, something more needs to be addressed. Most of all Denham’s paper and the literature cited in the review seem concerned with what appears to be a sort of bio-evolutionary basis for alloparenting; a perspective that hardly considers the importance of larger scale socio-cultural factors at all directly, factors which do not lend themselves simply to bio-evolutionary analysis. What I want to do here is address the latter factors more directly without disputing the bio-evolutionary analysis.

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