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Galante L, Lahdenperä M, Rautava S, Pentti J, Ollila H, Tarro S, Vahtera J, Gonzales-Inca C, Kivimäki M, Lummaa V, Lagström H. 2022: Neighborhood Disadvantage, Greenness, and Population Density as Predictors of Breastfeeding Practices: A Population Cohort Study from Finland. Journal of Nutrition 152(7), 1721–1728.
Lynch R, Loehr J, Lummaa V, Honkola T, Pettay J, Vesakoski O. 2022: Socio-cultural similarity with host population rather than ecological similarity predicts success and failure of human migrations. Proc. R. Soc. B. 289:1967.
Rickard I, Vullioud C, Rousset F, Postma E, Helle S, Lummaa V, Kylli R, Pettay J, Røskaft E, Skjærvø GR, Störmer C, Voland E, Waldvogel D, Courtiol A. 2022: Mothers with higher twinning propensity had lower fertility in pre-industrial Europe. Nature Communications 13: 2886.
Ukonaho S, Lummaa V, Briga M. 2022: The Long-Term Success of Mandatory Vaccination Laws After Implementing the First Vaccination Campaign in 19th Century Rural Finland. American Journal of Epidemiology, kwac048.
Zhang L, Liu J, Lummaa V. 2022: Intention to have a second child, family support and actual fertility behavior in current China: An evolutionary perspective. American Journal of Human Biology.
Chapman SN, Lahdenperä M, Pettay JE, Lynch RF, Lummaa V. 2021: Offspring fertility and grandchild survival enhanced by maternal grandmothers in a pre-industrial human society. Scientific Reports 11, 3652.
Ketola T, Briga M, Honkola T, Lummaa V. 2021: Town population size and structuring into villages and households drive infectious disease risks in pre-healthcare Finland. Proc. R. Soc. B 288: 20210356.
Nenko I, Chapman SN, Lahdenperä M, Pettay JE, Lummaa V. 2021: Will granny save me? Birth status, survival, and the role of grandmothers in historical Finland. Evolution and Human Behavior.
Pettay JE, Lummaa V, Lynch R, Loehr R. 2021: Female-biased sex ratios in urban centers create a “fertility trap” in post-war Finland. Behavioural Ecology, arab007.
Danielsbacka M, Aho L, Lynch R, Pettay J, Lummaa V, Loehr J. 2020: The Resettlement and Subsequent Assimilation of Evacuees from Finnish Karelia during and after the Second World War. Digital Histories: Emergent Approaches within the New Digital History, 129. Fridlund M, Oiva M, Paju P (eds.).
Lynch R, Lummaa V, Briga M, Chapman SN, Loehr J. 2020: Child volunteers in a women's paramilitary organization in World War II have accelerated reproductive schedules. Nature Communications 11:2377.
Pettay JE, Chapman SN, Lahdenperä M, Lummaa V. 2020: Family dynamics and age-related patterns in marriage probability. Evolution and Human Behavior.
Chapman SN, Pettay JE, Lummaa V, Lahdenperä M. 2019: Limits to fitness benefits of prolonged post-reproductive lifespan in women. Current Biology.
Laisk T, Tšuiko O, Jatsenko T, Hõrak P, Otala, M, Lahdenperä M, Lummaa V, Tuuri T, Salumets A, Tapanainen J. 2019: Demographic and evolutionary trends in ovarian function and aging. Human Reproduction Update 25(1): 34-50.
Lynch R, Lummaa V, Panchanathan K, Middleton K, Rotkirch A, Danielsbacka M, O’Brien D, Loehr J. 2019: Integration involves a trade-off between fertility and status for World War II evacuees. Nature Human Behaviour vol 3 (April 2019): 337-345..
Lynch R, Lummaa V, Loehr J. 2019: Self sacrifice and kin psychology in war: threats to family predict decisions to volunteer for a women's paramilitary organization. Evolution and Human Behaviour.
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.
Chapman SN, Pettay JE, Lahdenperä M, Lummaa V. 2018: Grandmotherhood across the demographic transition. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0200963.
Griffin R, Hayward AD, Bolund E, Maklakov AA, Lummaa V. 2018: Sex differences in adult mortality rate mediated by early-life environmental conditions. Ecology Letters.
Liu J, Lummaa V. 2018: Whether to have a second child or not? An integrative approach to women's reproductive decision-making in current China. Evolution and Human Behaviour.
Nenko I, Hayward AD, Simons MJP, Lummaa V. 2018: Early-life environment and differences in costs of reproduction in a preindustrial human population. PloS ONE 13(12).
Pettay J, Lahdenperä M, Rotkirch A, Lummaa V. 2018: Effects of female reproductive competition on birth rate and reproductive scheduling in a historical human population. Behavioural Ecology, arx168.
Bolund E, Lummaa V. 2017: The effects of resource availability and the demographic transition on the genetic correlation between number of children and grandchildren in humans. Heredity 1–7.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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.
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 .
Hayward AD, Nenko I, Lummaa V. 2015: Early-life reproduction is associated with increased mortality risk but enhanced lifetime fitness in pre-industrial humans. Proc. R. Soc. B: 282(1804).
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.
Alvergne A, Lummaa V. 2014: Ecological variation in wealth–fertility relationships in Mongolia: the ‘central theoretical problem of sociobiology’ not a problem after all? Proc. R. Soc. B 281: 20141733.
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.
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.
Lahdenperä M, Mar KU, Lummaa V. 2014: Reproductive cessation and post-reproductive lifespan in Asian elephants and pre-industrial humans Frontiers in Zoology 11:54.
Liu J, Lummaa V. 2014: An evolutionary approach to change of status–fertility relationship in human fertility transition. Behavioral Ecology 25(1):102-109.
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.
Pettay JE, Rotkirch A, Courtiol A, Jokela M, Lummaa V. 2014: Effects of remarriage after widowhood on long-term fitness in a monogamous historical human population. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 68(1):135-143.
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 AM, Fulford AJC, Stearns SC. 2013: The demographic transition influences variance in fitness and selection on height and BMI in rural Gambia Current Biology 23, 884–889.
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.
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.
Lummaa V. 2013: Human behavioral ecology. In Princeton Guide to Evolution Edited by Losos, BJ. Princeton University Press. Princeton Guide to Evolution, Edition: First Chapter: Human Behavioral Ecology. Princeton University Press, pp.683-689.
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 IJ, 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.
Jokela M, Alvergne A, Pollet TV, Lummaa V. 2011: Reproductive behavior and personality traits of the five factor model European Journal of Personality 25:487–500.
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, 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.
Jokela M, Rotkirch A, Rickard IJ, Pettay J, Lummaa V. 2010: Serial monogamy increases reproductive success in men but not in women. Behavioral Ecology.
Lummaa V. 2010: Costs and consequences of reproduction. HomoNovus - A Human Without Illusions 111-126.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Lummaa V. 2007: Life history theory, reproduction and longevity in humans. Oxford Handbook of evolutionary psychology 397-414.
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. 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. 2004: Church records advancing evolutionary biology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution: Book Reviews 19(6):286-287.
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, 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.