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Mark Flinn

Department of Anthropology
Missouri State University


1981-1983 Ph.D. Anthropology, Northwestern University (advisor: N.A. Chagnon-NAS). 1977-1980 Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University (abd – advisor moved). 1975-1976 A.M. Anthropology, University of Michigan 1971-1975 B.S. Anthropology & Zoology, University of Michigan.

Research Interest

evolutionary biology, hormonal mechanisms, Ontogeny , pathology


  • Muehlenbein, M. & Flinn, M.V. (2011). Pattern and process of human life history evolution. In: Oxford handbook of life history, T. Flatt & A. Heyland (Eds.), chapter 23, pp. 153-168. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Flinn, M.V. (2011b). Social inequalities, family relationships, and child health. In: Biosocial research contributions to understanding family processes and problems, A. Booth, S. McHale, & N. Landale (Eds.), chapter 14, pp. 205-220. New York: Springer-Verlag.

  • Flinn, M.V. (2011a). Evolutionary anthropology of the human family. In Oxford handbook of evolutionary family psychology, C. Salmon & T. Shackleford (Eds.), chapter 2, pp. 12-32. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Flinn, M.V., Nepomnaschy, P., Muehlenbein, M.P., & Ponzi, D. (2011). Evolutionary functions of early social modulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis development in humans. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 35(7), 1611-1629.

  • Decker, S. & Flinn, M.V. (2011). Parenting styles and gender-linked drinking behaviors in Dominica. Ethos, 39 (2), 189-210.

  • Walker, R.S., Hill, K., Flinn, M.V., & Ellsworth, R. (2011). Evolutionary history of huntergatherer marriage practices. PLoS ONE, 6(4), e19066. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0019066

  • Flinn, M.V., Duncan, C., Quinlan, R.L., Leone, D.V., Decker, S.A. & Ponzi, D. (2012). Hormones in the wild: Monitoring the endocrinology of family relationships. Parenting: Science and Practice, 12(2), 124-133. DOI: 10.1080/15295192.2012.683338

  • Flinn, M.V., Ponzi, D., & Muehlenbein, M.P. (2012). Hormonal mechanisms for regulation of aggression in human coalitions. Human Nature, 22(1), 68-88. DOI 10.1007/s12110- 012-9135-y

  • Flinn, M.V., Ponzi, D., Nepomnaschy, P. & Noone, R. (2012). Ontogeny of stress reactivity: phenotypic flexibility, trade-offs, and pathology. In (Mal)adaptive aspects of developmental stress, Laviola, G. & Macrì, S. (Eds.), Pp. 154-172. Berlin: Springer.

  • Flinn, M.V. (2012). The evolution of hormonal mechanisms for human sociality. Family Systems 9(2), 33-34.

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