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Anthropology and the Child: Prolonged childhood with brain enlargement - A dialog between Professor Hisao Baba and Dr. Noboru Kobayashi

Bipedalism, the use of tools, large brain size, and language-these are some of the various characteristics that distinguish humans from other animals. They evolved in the course of human evolution over millions of years. The prolonged period of infancy under parental care may be an adaptation strategy that originated in the process of human evolution. Research in anthropology gives an important clue to understanding the nature of the child as an organism.

Table of Contents
1 All the dramas of human evolution took place in Africa
2 Co-existence of multiple human species
3 Premature birth and prolonged infancy characterize childhood of genus Homo

Hisao BABA, D. M S c.
Born in Tokyo in 1945.
Curator and Chair, Department of Anthropology, National Science Museum Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Graduated from the Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Formerly, Associate Professor, Dokkyo University School of Medicine
Specializes inmorphological anthropology and has conducted paleoanthropological research and excavations of Java man for 20 years

Noboru KOBAYASHI, M. D.
Born in Tokyo in 1927.
Pediatrician
Director, Child Research Net (CRN)
Director, Children's Rainbow Center (Japan Information and Training Center for Problems related to Child Abuse and Adolescent's Turmoil)
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
President Emeritus, National Children's Hospital
Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
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Hisao BABA, D. M S c.
Born in Tokyo in 1945.
Curator and Chair, Department of Anthropology, National Science Museum Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Graduated from the Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Formerly, Associate Professor, Dokkyo University School of Medicine
Specializes inmorphological anthropology and has conducted paleoanthropological research and excavations of Java man for 20 years

Noboru KOBAYASHI, M. D.
Born in Tokyo in 1927.
Pediatrician
Director, Child Research Net (CRN)
Director, Children's Rainbow Center (Japan Information and Training Center for Problems related to Child Abuse and Adolescent's Turmoil)
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
President Emeritus, National Children's Hospital
Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
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