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Human Biodemography

Teaching objectives

To provide students with theoretical and empirical knowledge on the evolution of growth, reproduction and survival in humans.
To understand how human societies have incorporated genetic, biological and behavioural traits into the construction of their social organizations.


Teaching outline

  • Population biology and Life-history theory – Diversity of the life-cycles, main concepts in ecology and population biology; measures and models in population dynamics and evolution.
  • Human life-history and demography – Humans amongst mammals and primates; human demographic history.
  • Infancy and childhood – Biological, behavioral and cultural determinants of mortality and growth; early life effects.
  • Adult reproductive life – Adolescence, mating choices, marriage practices; males and females fertility and fecundity; evolution of menopause and andropause.
  • Old ages and senescence – Aging in modern population; ecology, genetic and biology of aging; evolutionary theory of senescence; allelic spectrum of old age diseases in humans.



Students must have a master 1 in biology, ecology or demography, or an equivalent
medical degree


scientific head

Samuel Pavard, Maître de conférences MNHN - UMR 7206 - Biodémographie humaine


key words

Anthropology, demography, biology, génétic, écology



Date : 20th-24th November 2023

Number of hours : 30

Delivery type :

Classroom, teaching resources might be available on the MNHN distance-learning platform.

Course given in English.

Location : Musée de l'Homme 


Individual : 300 €

Public sector: 600 €

Private sector : 1200€

Students : free

MNHN employees : free

Contact et inscription

For registration, send an E-mail to Samuel Pavard