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Wander, Katherine, Mingjie Su, Peter M. Mattison, Chun-Yi Sum, Christopher C. Witt, Mary K. Shenk, Tami Blumenfield, Hui Li, and Siobhán M. Mattison. 2020. High-altitude adaptations mitigate risk for hypertension and diabetes-associated anemia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24032

Mattison, Siobhán M., and Mary K. Shenk. 2020. Ecological evolutionary demography. In Human Evolutionary Demography, Oskar Burger, Rebecca Sear, and Ron Lee.

Shenk, Mary K., Ryan O. Begley, David A. Nolin, Andrew Swiatek. 2019. When Does Matriliny Fail? Frequency and causes of matrilineal transitions estimated from a de novo coding of a cross-cultural sample. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences) 374(1780): 20190006. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2019.0006

Borgerhoff Mulder, M., Towner, M., Baldini, R., Beheim, B., Bowles, S., Colleran, H., Gurven, M., Kramer, K., Mattison, S., Nolin, D., Scelza, B., Sear, R., Shenk, M., Voland, E., & Ziker, J. 2019. Differences between Sons and Daughters in the Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences) 374(1780), 20180076. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2018.0076

Mattison, Siobhán M., Mary K. Shenk, Melissa Emery Thompson, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, and Laura Fortunato. 2019. The evolution of female-biased kinship in humans and other mammals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences) 374(1780): 20190007. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2019.0007

Scelza, B., Blumenfield, T., Prall, S., Crittenden, A., Gurven, M., Kline, M., Koster, J., Kushnick, G., Mattison, S., Pillworth, E. and Shenk, M., Starkweather, K., Stieglitz, J., Sum, C., Yamaguchi, K., McElreath, R. 2019. Patterns of Paternal Investment Predict Cross-Cultural Variation in Jealous Response. Nature Human Behaviour. DOI: 10.1038/s41562-019-0654-y.

Van Arsdale, Adam P. and Mary K. Shenk. 2019. Biological and Evolutionary Perspectives in American Anthropologist: An Editorial ProvocationAmerican Anthropologist. DOI: 10.1111/aman.13206.

Tami Blumenfield, Chun-Yi Sum, Mary K. Shenk, Siobhán Mattison. 2018. Poverty alleviation and mobility in southwest China: Examining effects of market transition and state policies in Mosuo communities. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 47(3,4): 259-299.

Ross, C., M. Borgerhoff Mulder, S. Oh, S. Bowles, B. Beheim, J. Bunce, M. Caudell, G. Clark, H. Colleran, C. Cortez, P. Draper, R. D. Greaves, M. Gurven, T. Headland, J. Headland, K. Hill, B. Hewlett, H. S. Kaplan, J. Koster, K. Kramer, F. Marlowe, R. McElreath, D. Nolin, M. Quinlan, R. Quinlan, C. Revilla-Minaya, B. Scelza, R. Schacht, M. K. Shenk, R. Uehara, E. Voland, K. Willführ, B. Winterhalder, J. Ziker. 2018. Greater wealth inequality, less polygyny: rethinking the polygyny threshold model. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 15(144), 20180035.  https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2018.0035

Chagnon, Napoleon A., Robert F. Lynch, Mary K. Shenk, Ray Hames, and Mark V. Flinn.  2017.  Cross-cousin marriage among the Yanomamo shows evidence of parent–offspring conflict and mate competition between brothersProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi/10.1073/pnas.1618655114.

Shenk, Mary K.  2017.  Arranged Marriages.  Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, T.K. Shackelford, V.A. Weekes-Shackelford (eds.).  Springer International Publishing AG 2017.

Mattison, Siobhan M., Eric Alden Smith, Mary K. Shenk, and Ethan C. Cochrane. 2016. The Evolution of Inequality. Evolutionary Anthropology 25:184–199. DOI: 10.1002/evan.21491

Shenk, Mary K., Mary C. Towner, Emily A. Voss, and Nurul Alam. 2016. Consanguineous Marriage, Kinship Ecology, and Market TransitionCurrent Anthropology: Volume 57, Supplement 13, June 2016. DOI: 10.1086/685712

Shenk, Mary K, Hillard Kaplan, and Paul Hooper. 2016. Status competition, inequality, and fertility: Implications for the demographic transition. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371:20150150.

Snopkowski, Kristin, Mary C. Towner, Mary K. Shenk, and Heidi Colleran. 2016. Pathways from Education to Fertility Decline: A multi-site comparative study. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371:20150156.

Sear, Rebecca, David W. Lawson, Hillard Kaplan and Mary K. Shenk. 2016. Understanding Variation in Human Fertility: What Can We Learn From Evolutionary Demography. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150144.

Ellsworth, Ryan M., Mary K. Shenk, Drew H. Bailey, and Robert S. Walker. 2015. Comparative study of reproductive skew and pair‐bond stability using genealogies from 80 small‐scale human societies. American Journal of Human Biology.

Shenk, Mary K., Mary C. Towner, Kathrine Starkweather, Curtis J. Atkisson, and Nurul Alam.  2014.  The Evolutionary Demography of Sex Ratios in Rural Bangladesh.  Applied Evolutionary Anthropology, Advances in the Evolutionary Analysis of Human Behaviour, David Lawson & Mhairi Gibson, Editors.  New York: Springer, pp. 141-173.

Mary K. Shenk, Mary C. Towner, Howard C. Kress, and Nurul Alam. 2013. A model comparison approach shows stronger support for economic models of fertility decline.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110(20):8045-8050.

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Mace, Ruth. 2013. The cost of children. Nature (2013): published online June 12 2013. doi:10.1038/nature12257.

Shenk, Mary K., Kathrine E. Starkweather, Howard C. Kress, and Nurul Alam. 2013. Does absence matter? A comparison of three types of father absence in rural Bangladesh. Human Nature 24(1):76-110.

Shenk, Mary K. and Brooke A. Scelza. 2012. Paternal Investment and Status-Related Child Outcomes: Timing of Father’s Death Affects Offspring Success. Journal of Biosocial Science 44(5):549-569.

Shenk, Mary K. and Siobhán M. Mattison. 2011. The Rebirth of Kinship: Evolutionary and Quantitative Approaches in the Revitalization of a Dying Field. Human Nature 22: 1-15.

Shenk, Mary K. 2011. Evolutionary Approaches to Parental Decisions: How Much to Invest in Your Offspring. In Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature, Ulrich Frey (Editor). Berlin: Springer.

Shenk, Mary K., M. Borgerhoff Mulder, J. Beise, G. Clark, W. Irons, D. Leonetti, B.S. Low, S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, and P. Piraino. 2010. Intergenerational Wealth Transmission among Agriculturalists: Foundations of Agrarian Inequality. Current Anthropology 51(1):65-83 (special section on Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies).

Smith, E.A., M. Borgerhoff Mulder, S. Bowles, M. Gurven, T. Hertz, and Mary K. Shenk. 2010. Production Systems, Inheritance and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies: Conclusions. Current Anthropology 51(1):85-94 (special section on Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies).

Smith, E.A., S. Bowles, T. Hertz, M. Borgerhoff Mulder, Mary K. Shenk, and M. Gurven. 2010. Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies: Reply. Current Anthropology 51(1):119-126 (special section on Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies).

Borgerhoff Mulder, M., S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, J. Beise, G. Clark, I. Fazzio, M. Gurven, K. Hill, P.L. Hooper, W. Irons, H. Kaplan, D. Leonetti, B.S. Low, F. Marlowe, S. Naidu, D. Nolin, P. Piraino, R. Quinlan, R. Sear, Mary K. Shenk, E.A. Smith, and P. Wiessner. 2009. Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth and Dynamics of Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies. Science 326:682-688.

Shenk, Mary K. 2009. Testing Three Evolutionary Models of the Demographic Transition: Patterns of Fertility and Age at Marriage in Urban South India. American Journal of Human Biology 21:501-511.

Shenk, Mary K. 2007. Dowry and Public Policy in Contemporary India: The Behavioral Ecology of a Social 'Evil.' Human Nature 18(2):242-263.

Shenk, Mary K. 2005. Kin Networks in Wage-Labor Economies: Effects on Child and Marriage Market Outcomes. Human Nature 16:81-114.

Shenk, Mary K. 2004. Embodied Capital and Heritable Wealth in Complex Cultures: A Class-Based Analysis of Parental Investment in Urban South India. Research in Economic Anthropology 23:307-333 (special issue on Socioeconomic Aspects of Human Behavioral Ecology).