Yanomamö fieldwork 1987
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I received my doctorate in anthropology from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1978. Most of my research is on native peoples of the Venezuelan Amazon (Yanomamö & Ye'kwana) with funding from the NSF, LSB Leakey Foundation, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. My research interests are in behavioral ecology, food & labor exchange, human ecology, marriage, parental investment, and Amazonia. I regularly teach courses on social organization, contentious issues in anthropology, warfare, and introductory cultural anthropology. I am also past-president of the Evolutionary Anthropology Society of the American Anthropological Association and a consulting editor for Human Nature. In the spring of 2020 I was elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Currently I am working on an NSF funded project with my colleague Napoleon Chagnon (University of Missouri) entitled "Collaborative Research: Demographic and Genealogical Dimensions of Cultural and Biological Success," Our project has two objectives. The first is to make the Yanomamo demographic and genealogical data base available via the Internet for use by interested social scientists who wish to test a wide variety of theories revolving around kinship, demographic processes, and marriage. The second goal is to test a variety of human evolutionary theories that address how variation in marriage form, marriage duration, and kin support affects the wellbeing and marital and social success of children.
Select and Recent Publications
- Hames, Raymond (2020) "Cultural and reproductive success and the causes of war: A Yanomamö perspective." Evolution and Human Behavior, 41(3), 183-187
- Hames, Raymond, W. Irons, M. Flinn (2020) "In memoriam: Napoleon A. Chagnon." Evolution and Human Behavior, 41(3), 177-182.
- Hames, Raymond (2019) "Paciying Hunter-Gatherers, Human Nature, 30(2):155-175
- Chagnon, N., Lynch, R., Shenk, M., Hames, R., & Flinn, M (2017). "Cross-cousin marriage among the Yanomamo shows evidence of parent-offspring conflice and mate competition between brothers." Proceedings of the National Academy of Scies, 114(13): E2590-E2607
Jaeggi, A. V., Kramer, K. L., Hames, R., Kiely, E. J., Gomes, C., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2017). Human grooming in comparative perspective: People in six small-scale societies groom less but socialize just as much as expected for a typical primate. American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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“Is Male Androphilia a Context-Dependent Cross-Cultural Universal?”. Raymond Hames, Zachary Garfield, and Melissa Garfield. Archives of Sexual Behavior: 46 (1): 63-71.
“Changes in Male Hunting” in Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, Todd K. Shackelford, editor. Springer (in press)
“A Problematic Test of the Kin Selection Hypothesis among the Urak Lawoi of Ko Lipeh, Thailand: Commentary on Camperio Ciani, Battaglia, & Liotta (2016) Paul L. Vasey, Doug P. VanderLaan, Raymond Hames, & Amornthep Jaidee. Journal of Sex Research. On line, ahead of print http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2015.1115808
"Kin Selection" In David Buss, ed., The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. John Wiley & Sons: NY (2015)
“Behavioral Ecology”. (2015) In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Pages 246–251. Elsevier: London.
Multilevel modeling analysis of dyadic network data with an application to Ye'kwana food sharing". American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2015). Jeremy Koster, George Leckie, Andrew Miller, and Raymond Hames
- “Kin Selection and Sexuality” (2015). In The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, edited by Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
- "Diversity in Human Behavioral Ecology". (2014) Human Nature 25 (4)
- "The “female fertility–social stratification–hypergyny” (2014) hypothesis of male homosexual preference: factual, conceptual and methodological errors in Barthes et al. [Commentary]." Evolution and Human Behavior 35(5): 445-447. VanderLaan, D. P.Doug; Zachary H Garfield; Melissa J Garfield; Jean-Baptiste Leca; Paul L Vasey; Raymond B Hames.
- Direct and Indirect Behavior Observations. (with Michael Paolisso, 2nd author). In R. Bernard and C. Gravlee, eds. "The Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology", Pp. 293-313, 2nd Ed., Rowland & Littlefield: Lanham. (2014).
- A life history perspective on skin cancer and the evolution of skin pigmentation. Daniel Osborne and Raymond Hames. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2014)
- "A survey of non-classical polyandry." Katie Starkweather and Raymond Hames. Human Nature (2012) 23:149–17
- "Sex differences in spatial abilities: Methodological problems in Hoffman et al." Drew H. Bailey, Richard A. Lippa, Marco Del Giudice, Raymond Hames, & David C. Geary. PNAS (letter to editor) (2012)
- "Anthropological Data Regarding the Adaptiveness of Hebephilia" (Raymond Hames and Ray Blanchard) Archives of Sexual Behavior, (2012) Volume 41, Number 4, Pages 745-74
- "Statement on the Publication of Alice Dreger's Investigation, Darkness's Descent on the American Anthropological Association: A Cautionary Tale". (Jane Lancaster & Raymond Hames) Human Nature 22:222-223 (2011)
- Paolisso, M. and R. Hames "Methods for the Systematic Study of Human Behavior, Field Methods (2010).
- Production Decisions and Time Allocation. In Society and Environment: Methods and Research Design. Vaccaro, Ismael , Eric Alden Smith and Shankar Aswani (eds.) Cambridge University Press. (2010)
- Grandparental transfers and kin selection?. Invited and reviewed commentary on D. Coall and R. Hertwig ?Grandparental Investment: Past, Present, and Future?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2010) - go to page 26.
- Meal Sharing among the Ye'kwana (With Carl McCabe) Human Nature 18 (1):1-22 (2007)
- The Ecologically Noble Savage Debate Annual Review of Anthropology 36 (2007)
- Growth rates and life histories in 22 small-scale societies (Robert Walker senior author with 12 co-authors!) American Journal of Human Biology 18:295–311 (2006)
- The Nexus of Yanomamö Growth, Health, and Demography
In Lost Paradises and the Ethics of Research and Publication
F. Salzano and A. Hurtado, eds. Oxford University Press. Pp. 110-146. (With Jennifer Kuzara) (2004)
- Women's work, child care and helpers at the nest in a hunter-gatherer society. (With Patricia Draper) Human Nature, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 319-341 (2004)
- Parental Investment and Child Health in a Yanomamö Village Suffering Short-term Food Stress. Edward H. Hagen Raymond B. Hames, Nathan M. Craig, Matthew T. Lauer, Michael E. Price, Journal of Biosocial Sciences (2001)
- Birth Order, Sibling Investment, and Fertility among the Ju/'hoansi (!Kung), (Patricia Draper, first author) Human Nature Vol. 11, No. 2: 117-156 (2000)