Evolution in Childbirth
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 1611 , Segment 5
Episode: Supreme Court, No-Excuse Charters, Oregon Trail
- Jun 1, 2021 8:00 pm
- 15:07 mins
Anyone who’s given birth or been present for the process knows just what a tight squeeze it is for a baby’s head exiting the birth canal. There’s hardly any room to spare. Lots of other mammals have a lot more space relative to the baby’s head. Why haven’t humans adapted similarly over millennia? New analysis has found a kind of evolutionary trade-off –if women had larger birth canals, they’d likely suffer other serious problems. University of Vienna evolutionary anthropologist Nicole Grunstra worked on this study.