Data from: Natural selection in utero induced by mass layoffs: the hCG evidence

Ralph Catalano, Claire Margerison-Zilko, Sidra Goldman-Mellor, Michelle Pearl, Elizabeth Anderson, Katherine Saxton, Tim Bruckner, Meenakshi Subbaraman, Julia Goodman, Mollie Epstein, Robert Currier & Martin Kharrazi
Evolutionary theory, when coupled with research from epidemiology, demography, and population endocrinology, suggests that contracting economies affect the fitness and health of human populations via natural selection in utero. We know, for example, that fetal death increases more among males than females when the economy unexpectedly contracts; that unexpected economic contraction predicts low secondary sex ratios; and that males from low sex ratio birth cohorts live, on average, longer than those from high sex ratio...

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