Life-history theory, past human populations and climatic perturbations
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 407–419, July/August 2011
How to Cite
Ahlström, T. (2011), Life-history theory, past human populations and climatic perturbations. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 21: 407–419. doi: 10.1002/oa.1147
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 13 JAN 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 12 NOV 2009
- Manuscript Received: 3 MAY 2009
- life history theory;
- matrix population models;
A sensitivity and elasticity analysis is performed on historical life-tables, that of Swedish females from 1751–1755 and 1966–1970, i.e. during and after the Little Ice Age. Coupled with life-history theory, this approach supplies us with some ideas on how stature can be understood as a proxy for conditions during the intrauterine growth, important if we aspire to calibrate proposed climatic perturbations and their effect on past societies. Matrix population models represent a versatile tool that has been used extensively in conservation biology, ecology, primatology and evolutionary demography. As of yet, applications in bioarchaeology/human osteology have been restricted to population forecasting. The following paper introduces matrix population models and discusses their use in bioarchaeology. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.