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Anthropologist's studies of childbirth bring new focus on women in evolution
Date:2/17/2009

ll childbirth become more painful, or easier? Will more helpers be needed in future births? It's really anybody's guess.

"Evolution doesn't have a direction," Rosenberg says. "Knowing where we've been doesn't give us any help in where we're going. But it does help us understand what makes us human, as well as how we're connected to the natural world. "

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Rosenberg received her doctorate in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan and joined the University of Delaware faculty in 1987.

She says she began focusing on the evolution of women and childbirth around the time she had her first child, although she doesn't think there was a connection between the two.

Ironically, her brother is an obstetrician although she and he have never conducted research together.


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Contact: Tracey Bryant
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302-831-8185
University of Delaware
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