Here you can find a list of all Human Life-History Group's publications
Corbett S, Courtiol A, Lummaa V, Moorad J, Stearns S. 2018: The transition to modernity and chronic disease: mismatch and natural selection. Nature Reviews Genetics.
Chapman SN, Pettay JE, Lummaa V, Lahdenperä M. 2018: Limited support for the X-linked grandmother hypothesis in pre-industrial Finland Biology Letters.
Briga M, Griffin RM, Berger V, Pettay JE, Lummaa V. 2017: What have humans done for evolutionary biology? Contributions from genes to populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Chapman SN, Lahdenperä M, Pettay JE, Lummaa V. 2017: Changes in length of grandparenthood in Finland 1790-1959 Finnish Yearbook of Population Research.
Griffin R, Hayward AD, Bolund E, Maklakov AA, Lummaa V. 2017: Sex differences in adult mortality rate mediated by early-life environmental conditions. Ecology Letters.
Helle S. 2017: Accounting for measurement error in human life history trade-offs using structural equation modeling. American Journal of Human Biology.
Helle S. 2017: Selection bias in studies of human reproduction-longevity trade-offs. Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20172104.
Jasienska G, Bribiescas RG, Furberg A-S, Helle S, Núñez-de la Mora A. 2017: Human reproduction and health: an evolutionary perspective. Lancet 390: 510–20.
Liu J, Duan C, Lummaa V. 2017: Parent-offspring conflict over family size in current China. American Journal of Human Biology.
Loehr J, Lynch R, Mappes J, Salmi T, Pettay J, Lummaa V. 2017: Newly digitized database reveals the lives and families of forced migrants from Finnish Karelia Finnish Yearbook of Population Research.
Pettay J, Lahdenperä M, Rotkirch A, Lummaa V. 2017: Effects of female reproductive competition on birth rate and reproductive scheduling in a historical human population. Behavioural Ecology, arx168.
Berg V, Lummaa V, Rickard IJ, Silventoinen K, Kaprio J, Jokela M. 2016: Genetic associations between personality traits and lifetime reproductive success in humans. Behavior Genetics.
Bolund E, Hayward A, Lummaa V. 2016: Life History Evolution, Human. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology, Volume 2.
Bolund E, Lummaa V. 2016: The effects of resource availability and the demographic transition on the genetic correlation between number of children and grandchildren in humans. Heredity 1–7.
Bolund E, Lummaa V, Smith KR, Hanson HA, Maklakov AA. 2016: Reduced costs of reproduction in females mediate a shift from a male-biased to a female-biased lifespan in humans. Scientific Reports 6:24672.
Hayward AD, Nenko I, Lummaa V. 2016: Early-life reproduction is associated with increased mortality risk but enhanced lifetime fitness in pre-industrial humans. Proc. R. Soc. B: 282(1804).
Hayward AD, Rigby FL, Lummaa V. 2016: Early-life disease exposure and associations with adult survival, cause of death, and reproductive success in preindustrial humans. PNAS 113:32.
Lahdenperä M, Mar KU, Lummaa V. 2016: Nearby grandmother enhances calf survival and reproduction in Asian elephants. Scientific Reports 6, Article 27213.
Marcinkowska UM, Lyons MT, Helle S. 2016: Women's reproductive success and the preference for Dark Triad in men's faces. Evolution and Human Behavior 37(4):287–292.
Nitsch A, Faurie C, Lummaa V. 2016: Sibship effects on dispersal behaviour in a pre-industrial human population. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
Pettay JE, Lahdenperä M, Rotkirch A, Lummaa V. 2016: Costly reproductive competition between co-resident females in humans. Behavioural Ecology 27(6):1601-1608.
Scranton K, Lummaa V, Stearns SC. 2016: The importance of the timescale of the fitness metric for estimates of selection on phenotypic traits during a period of demographic change. Ecology Letters 19:854–861 .
Bolund E, Hayward A, Pettay JE, Lummaa V. 2015: Effects of the demographic transition on the genetic variances and covariances of human life-history traits. Evolution 69-3:747–755.
Bruckner T, Helle S, Bolund E, Lummaa V. 2015: Culled males, infant mortality and reproductive success in a pre-industrial Finnish population. Proc. R. Soc. B 282(1799).
Hayward AD, Lummaa V, Bazykin GA. 2015: Fitness consequences of advanced ancestral age over three generations in humans. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128197.
Lyons MT, Marcinkowska UM, Helle S, McGrath L. 2015: Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the most masculine of them all? The Dark Triad, masculinity, and women’s mate choice. Personality and Individual Differences 74:153-158.
Marcinkowska U, Helle S, Lyons MT. 2015: Dark traits: Sometimes hot, and sometimes not? Female preferences for Dark Triad faces depend on sociosexuality and contraceptive use. Personality and Individual Differences 86:369–373.
Berg V, Lahdenperä M, Rotkirch A, Jokela M. 2014: Personality and long-term reproductive success measured by the number of grandchildren. Evolution and Human Behavior 35(6).
Helle S, Brommer JE, Pettay JE, Lummaa V, Enbuske M, Jokela J. 2014: Evolutionary demography of agricultural expansion in preindustrial northern Finland. Proc. R. Soc. B 281: 20141559.
Jelenkovic A, Silventoinen K, Tynelius P, Helle S, Rasmussen F. 2014: Sex of preceding sibling and anthropometrics of subsequent offspring at birth and in young adulthood: a population-based study in Sweden. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 154:471–478.
Jokela J, Alvergne A, Rotkirch A, Rickard IJ, Lummaa V. 2014: Associations between family size and offspring education depend on aspects of parental personality. Personality and Individual Differences 58:95–100.
Nenko I, Hayward AD, Lummaa V. 2014: The effect of socio-economic status and food availability on first birth interval in a pre-industrial human population. Proc. R. Soc. B 281:20132319.
Nitsch A, Faurie C, Lummaa V. 2014: Alloparenting in humans: fitness consequences of aunts and uncles on survival in historical Finland. Behavioral Ecology 25(2):424–433.
Störmer C, Lummaa V. 2014: Increased mortality exposure within the family rather than individual mortality experiences triggers faster life-history strategies in historic human populations. PLoS ONE 9(1) e83633.
Bolund E, Bouwhuis S, Pettay JE, Lummaa V. 2013: Divergent selection on, but no genetic conflict over, female and male timing and rate of reproduction in a human population. Proc R Soc B 280: 20132002.
Courtiol A, Rickard IJ, Lummaa V, Prentice A, Fulford A, Stearns SC. 2013: The demographic transition influences variance in fitness and selection on height and BMI in rural Gambia. Current Biology 23:1–6.
Gillespie DOS, Russell AF, Lummaa V. 2013: The effect of maternal age and reproductive history on offspring survival and lifetime reproduction in preindustrial humans. Evolution 11.
Hayward AD, Lummaa V. 2013: Testing the evolutionary basis of the predictive adaptive response hypothesis in a preindustrial human population. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health pp. 106–117 .
Hayward AD, Rickard IJ, Lummaa V. 2013: Influence of early-life nutrition on mortality and reproductive success during a subsequent famine in a preindustrial population. PNAS 110(34):13886-13891.
Helle S, Lummaa V. 2013: A trade-off between having many sons and shorter maternal post-reproductive survival in pre-industrial Finland. Biology Letters 9: 20130034.
Liu J, Lummaa V. 2013: An evolutionary approach to change of status–fertility relationship in human fertility transition. Behavioral Ecology 25(1):102-109.
Lyons M, Helle S. 2013: Digit ratio and risk taking in post-menopausal Finnish women. Personality and Individual Differences 55:591–594.
Maklakov AA, Lummaa V. 2013: Evolution of sex differences in lifespan and aging: Causes and constraints. Bioessays 35(8):717-24.
Nitsch A, Faurie C, Lummaa V. 2013: Are elder siblings helpers or competitors? Antagonistic fitness effects of sibling interactions in humans. Proc. R. Soc. B 280.
Pettay JE, Rotkirch A, Courtiol A, Jokela M, Lummaa V 2013: Effects of remarriage after widowhood on long-term fitness in a monogamous historical human population. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 68(1):135-143.
Silventoinen K, Helle S, Nisen J, Martikainen P, Kaprio J. 2013: Height, age at first birth, and lifetime reproductive success: A prospective cohort study of Finnish male and female twins. Twin Research and Human Genetics 16(2):581–589.
Courtiol A, Pettay J, Jokela M, Rotkirch A, Lummaa V. 2012: Natural and sexual selection in a monogamous historical human population. PNAS 109(21):8044-8049.
Hayward AD, Holopainen J, Pettay JE, Lummaa V. 2012: Food and fitness: associations between crop yields and life-history traits in a longitudinally monitored pre-industrial human population. Proc. R. Soc. B 279, 4165-4173.
Holopainen J, Gregow H, Helama S, Kubin E, Lummaa V, Terhivuo J. 2012: Suomen kasvifenologisista havainnoista 1700-luvun puolivälistä nykypäivään. Sorbifolia 43(2):51-66.
Lahdenperä M, Gillespie DOS, Lummaa V, Russell AF. 2012: Severe intergenerational reproductive conflict and the evolution of menopause. Ecology Letters 15(11):1283–1290.
Liu J, Rotkirch A, Lummaa V. 2012: Maternal risk of breeding failure remained low throughout the demographic transitions in fertility and age at first reproduction in Finland. PLoS ONE 7(4).
Rickard IJ, Courtiol A, Lummaa V. 2012: Why is lifetime fertility higher in twinning women? Proc. R. Soc. B 279:2510-2511.
Rickard IJ, Courtiol A, Prentice AM, Fulford AJC, Clutton-Brock TH, Lummaa V. 2012: Intergenerational effects of maternal birth season on offspring size in rural Gambia. Proc. R. Soc. B 279:4253-4262.
Rickard I, Prentice AM, Fulford AJC, Lummaa V. 2012: Twinning propensity and offspring in utero growth covary in rural African women. Biology Letters 8:67-70.
Silva AS, Lummaa V, Muller U, Mazur A, Raymond M, Alvergne A. 2012: Facial attractiveness and fertility in populations with low levels of modern birth control. Evolution and Human Behavior 33(5):491–498.
Van Dongen S, Sprengers E, Helle S. 2012: Hand asymmetry does not relate to key life history traits in post-menopausal contemporary Finnish women. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34661.
Lahdenperä M, Lummaa V, Russell AF. 2011: Selection on male longevity in a monogamous human population: late-life survival brings no additional grandchildren. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24(5):1053-63.
Lahdenperä M, Tremblay M, Russell AF, Lummaa V. 2011: Selection on menopause in two premodern human populations: no evidence for the mother hypothesis. Evolution 65(2):309–612.
Liu J, Lummaa V. 2011: Age at first reproduction and probability of reproductive failure in women. Theoretical Contribution. Evolution and Human Behavior 32:433–443.
Alvergne A, Jokela J, Faurie C, Lummaa V. 2010: Personality and testosterone in men from a high-fertility population. Personality and Individual Differences 49(8):840-844.
Alvergne A, Lummaa V. 2010: Human mate preference: inconsistency between data and interpretations. Response to Carere et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25:491-492.
Alvergne A, Jokela J, Lummaa V. 2010: Personality and reproductive success in a high-fertility human population. PNAS 107(26):11745–11750.
Alvergne A, Lummaa V. 2010: Does the contraceptive pill alter mate choice in humans? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 25(3):171–179.
Gillespie DOS, Lahdenperä M, Russell AF, Lummaa V. 2010: Pair-bonding modifies the age-specific intensities of natural selection on human female fecundity. The American Naturalist 176(2).
Helle S. 2010: Does second-to-fourth digit length ratio (2D:4D) predict age at menarche in women? American Journal of Human Biology 22:418–420.
Helle S, Lummaa V, Jokela J. 2010: On the number of sons born and shorter lifespan in historical Sami mothers. Proc. R. Soc. B 277:2909–2911.
Helle S. 2010: Digit length ratio (2D:4D) and variation in key life-history traits and fitness in contemporary Finnish women. Behavioral Ecology 21(5):1061-1066.
Jokela M, Rotkirch A, Rickard IJ, Pettay J, Lummaa V. 2010: Serial monogamy increases reproductive success in men but not in women. Behavioral Ecology.
Rickard IJ, Holopainen J, Helama S, Helle S, Russell AF, Lummaa V. 2010: Food availability at birth limited reproductive success in historical humans. Ecology 91(12):3515–3525.
Faurie C, Russell AF, Lummaa V. 2009: Middleborns disadvantaged? Testing birth-order effects on fitness in pre-industrial Finns. PLoS ONE 4(5): e5680.
Helle S. 2009: Solar activity during gestation does not affect human lifespan: evidence from national data. Biogerontology 10:671–675.
Helle S. 2009: Women with long menstrual cycles have more daughters. Letter to the editor. Epidemiology 20(2):312-313.
Helle S, Helama S, Lertola K. 2009: Evolutionary ecology of human birth sex ratio under the compound influence of climate change, famine, economic crises and wars. Journal of Animal Ecology 78(6).
Rickard IJ, Lummaa V, Russel AF. 2009: Elder brothers affect the life history of younger siblings in preindustrial humans: social consequence or biological cost? Evolution and Human Behavior 30:49–57.
Russell AF, Lummaa V. 2009: Maternal effects in cooperative breeders: from hymenopterans to humans. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 364:1143–1167.
Gillespie DOS, Russell AF, Lummaa V. 2008: When fecundity does not equal fitness: evidence of an offspring quantity versus quality trade-off in pre-industrial humans. Proc. R. Soc. B 275:713–722.
Helle S. 2008: A tradeoff between reproduction and growth in contemporary Finnish women. Evolution and Human Behavior 29:189–195.
Helle S. 2008: Height, weight, body mass index and offspring sex at birth in contemporary Finnish women. Letter to editor. Journal of Theoretical Biology 252:773–775.
Helle S. 2008: Why twin pregnancies are more successful at advanced than young maternal age? A potential role of ‘terminal reproductive investment’. Letter to the editor. Human Reproduction 23(10):2387-2389.
Helle S, Helama S, Jokela J. 2008: Temperature-related birth sex ratio bias in historical Sami: warm years bring more sons. Biology Letters 4:60–62.
Helle S, Käär P, Helama S, Jokela J. 2008: Do humans adjust offspring sex according to the local operational sex ratio? Evolutionary Ecology Research 10: 775–785.
Helle S, Lilley T. 2008: Maternal 2nd to 4th digit ratio does not predict lifetime offspring sex ratio at birth. American Journal of Human Biology 20:700–703.
Helle S, Lummaa V, Jokela J. 2008: Marrying women 15 years younger maximized men’s evolutionary fitness in historical Sami. Biology Letters 4:75–77.
Pettay JE, Charmantier A, Wilson AJ, Lummaa V. 2008: Age-specific genetic and maternal effects in fecundity of preindustrial Finnish women. Evolution 62-9: 2297–2304.
Rickard IJ. 2008: Kanazawa’s ‘Generalized Trivers-Willard hypothesis’ and the heritability of offspring sex-ratio. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 6(2008)4:255–260.
Rickard IJ. 2008: Offspring are lighter at birth and smaller in adulthood when born after a brother versus a sister in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior 29:196–200.
Helle S, Helama S. 2007: Climatic variability and the population dynamics of historical hunter–gatherers: The case of Sami of Northern Finland. American Journal of Human Biology 19:844–853.
Lahdenperä M, Russell AF, Lummaa V. 2007: Selection for long lifespan in men: benefits of grandfathering? Proc. R. Soc. B 274:2437–2444.
Lummaa V, Pettay JE, Russell AF. 2007: Male twins reduce fitness of female co-twins in humans. PNAS 104(26):10915-10920.
Pettay JE, Helle S, Jokela J, Lummaa V. 2007: Natural selection on female life-history traits in relation to socio-economic class in pre-Industrial human populations. PLoS ONE 7:e606.
Rickard IJ, Lummaa V. 2007: The Predictive Adaptive response and metabolic syndrome: Challenges for the hypothesis. Opinion. Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism 18(3): 94-99.
Rickard IJ, Russell AF, Lummaa V. 2007: Producing sons reduces lifetime reproductive success of subsequent offspring in pre-industrial Finns. Proc. R. Soc. B 274:2981–2988.
Helle S, Lummaa V, Jokela J. 2005: Are reproductive and somatic senescence coupled in humans? Late, but not early, reproduction correlated with longevity in historical Sami women. Proc. R. Soc. B 272:29–37.
Pettay JE, Kruuk LEB, Jokela J, Lummaa V. 2005: Heritability and genetic constraints of life-history trait evolution in preindustrial humans. PNAS 102(8):2838-2843.
Helle S, Lummaa V, Jokela J. 2004: Selection for increased brood size in historical human populations. Evolution 58(2):430–436.
Helle S, Lummaa V, Jokela J. 2004: Accelerated immunosenescence in preindustrial twin mothers. PNAS 101(33):12391–12396.
Lahdenperä M, Lummaa V, Helle S, Tremblay M, Russell AF. 2004: Fitness benefits of prolonged post-reproductive lifespan in women. Nature 428(11):178-181.
Lahdenperä M, Lummaa V, Russell AF. 2004: Menopause: why does fertility end before life? Climacteric 7:327–332.
Lummaa V. 2003: Early developmental conditions and reproductive success in humans: Downstream effects of prenatal famine, birthweight, and timing of birth. American Journal of Human Biology 15:370–379.
Lummaa V, Tremblay M. 2003: Month of birth predicted reproductive success and fitness in pre-modern Canadian women. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 270:2355–2361.
Helle S, Käär P, Jokela J. 2002: Human longevity and early reproduction in pre-industrial Sami populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 15:803–807.
Helle S, Lummaa V, Jokela J. 2002: Effect of producing sons on maternal longevity in premodern populations. Science 298(5592):317.
Helle S, Lummaa V, Jokela J. 2002: Sons reduced maternal longevity in preindustrial humans. Science 296(5570):1085.
Lummaa V, Clutton-Brock TH. 2002: Early development, survival and reproduction in humans. TREE 17(3):141-147.
Lummaa V. 2001: Reproductive investment in pre-industrial humans: the consequences of offspring number, gender and survival. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 268:1977-1983.
Lummaa V, Jokela J, Haukioja E. 2001: Gender difference in benefits of twinning in pre-industrial humans. boys did not pay. Journal of Animal Ecology 70:739–746.
Tullberg BS, Lummaa V. 2001: Induced abortion ratio in modern Sweden falls with age, but rises again before menopause. Evolution and Human Behavior 22:1-10.
Ranta E, Lummaa V, Kaitala V, Merilä J. 2000: Spatial dynamics of adaptive sex ratios. Ecology Letters 3:30-34.
Lummaa V, Haukioja E, Lemmetyinen R. 1999: Does polyovulation counterbalance a high abortion rate in humans? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 12(4):806-808.
Lummaa V, Haukioja E, Lemmetyinen R, Pikkola M. 1998: Natural selection on human twinning. Nature 394:533-534.