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(since 1997; see C.V. for complete list)

Flinn, M.V. (2016).  The human family: evolutionary origins and adaptive significance. In: On Human Nature, M. Teyberanc & F. Ayala (Eds.), Chapter 16, Pp. 251-262. New York: Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-420190-3.00016-8

Chagnon, N.A., Lynch, R.F., Shenk, M.S., Hames, R. & Flinn, M.V. (2017).  Cross cousin marriage among the Yanomamö shows evidence of parent-offspring conflict and mate competition between siblings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114, xxx

Alcock, J., Aktipis, A., Boddy, A.M., Day, T., Femling, J.K., Flinn, M.V., Hochberg, M.E., Jansen, G., Read, G.A., & Maley, C.C. (2017). Heuristics for DOCS: How to identify normal function in abnormal results and define a new normal in medical practice.  British Medical Journal,  356, xxx.

Flinn, M.V. (2016).  Stress in the wild:  Naturalistic studies of cortisol.  Hormones and Behavior, 87, xxx.

Ponzi, D., Muehlenbein, M.P., Geary, D.C., & Flinn, M.V. (2016). Cortisol, salivary alpha-amylase and children's perceptions of their social networks. Social Neuroscience, 11(2),164-174. DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2015.1045988

Flinn, M.V. (2015).  Evolution of psychological mechanisms for human family relationships. In: The Family Emotional System: An Integrative Concept for Theory, Science and Practice, R. Noone & D. Papero (Eds.), Chapter 6, Pp. 143-160. New York: Lexington Books.

Flinn, M.V. (2015). Aggression, affiliation, and parenting. In: Basics in Human Evolution, M. Muehlenbein (Ed.), Chapter 35, pp. 455-466. Academic Press.

Bissonnette, A., Perry, S., Barrett, L., Mitani, J., Flinn, M.V., Gavrilets, S., & De Waal, F.B. (2015). Coalitions in theory and reality: A review of pertinent variables and processes. Behaviour, 152(1), 1-56. DOI: 10.1163/1568539x-00003241.

Flinn, M.V. & Ward, C.V. (2015).  The role of hormones in the evolution of the human family.  In: Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, 2nd edition, D. Buss (Ed.), Chapter 24, pp. 598-622. New York: Wiley.

Macfarlan, S.J., Walker, R.S., Flinn, M.V. & Chagnon, N.A. (2014). Lethal coalitionary aggression and long-term alliances among Yanomamö men. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(47), 16662-16669. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1418639111

Ponzi, D., Muehlenbein, M.P., Sgoifo, A., Geary, D.C., & Flinn, M.V. (2014).  Day-to-day variation of salivary cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in children from a rural Dominican community. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 1, 12-24. DOI: 10.1007/s40750-014-0002-4

Flinn, M.V. (2013). The evolution of hormonal mechanisms for human sociality.  Family Systems 9(2), 174-181.

Flinn, M.V. (2013).  The evolutionary biology of culture.  In K. Summers & B. Crespi, (Eds.) Foundations of Human Social Evolution, Pp. 94-103.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Walker, R.S., Beckerman, S., Flinn, M.V., Gurven, M., von Reuden, C.R., Kramer, K.L., Greaves, R.D., Córdoba, L., Hagen, E.H., Koster, J.M., Sugiyama, L., Hunter, T.E., & Hill, K.R. (2013). Living with kin in lowland horticultural societies. Current Anthropology 54(1), 96-103.

Flinn, M.V., Ponzi, D., Nepomnaschy, P. & Noone, R. (2012). Ontogeny of stress reactivity: phenotypic flexibility, trade-offs, and pathology. Current Topics in Neurotoxicity 3, (Mal)adaptive aspects of developmental stress, Laviola, G. & Macrì, S. (Eds.), Pp. 154-172. Berlin: Springer.

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., 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

Walker, R.S., Hill, K., Flinn, M.V., & Ellsworth, R. (2011). Evolutionary history of hunter-gatherer marriage practices. PLoS ONE, 6(4), e19066. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0019066 [article in pdf]

Flinn, M.V. (2011 – invited). Biology of culture. In: Foundations of human sociality, B. Crespi & K. Summers (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University press.

Flinn, M.V. & Noone, R. (2011 – in press). The evolution of hormonal mechanisms for human sociality. Family systems, 8(2),

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. [article in pdf]

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

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

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.

Walker, R.S., Flinn, M.V., & Hill, K. (2010). The evolutionary history of partible paternity in lowland South America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(45), 19195-19200. [article in pdf]

Flinn, M.V. (2010a). Evolution is not egalitarian. Current Anthropology, 51(1), 103-105.

Flinn, M.V. (2010b). 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.

Vigil, J., Geary, D., Granger, D., & Flinn, M.V. (2010). Sex differences in salivary cortisol, alpha-amylase, and psychological functioning following hurricane Katrina. Child Development, 81(4), 1227-1284. [article in pdf]

Flinn, M.V. (2010c). Evolutionary biology of hormonal response to social challenge in the human child. In Human Evolutionary Biology, M.P. Muehlenbein (Ed.), Chapter 24, pp. 405-424. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Vigil, J., Carle, A.C., Geary, D., Granger, D., Flinn, M.V., & Pendleton, P. (2009). Maternal correlates of children’s stress functioning following a major natural disaster. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 2(4), 287-296. [article in pdf]

Gregor, T., Gross, D.R., Demarest, A.A., Beckerman S., Ehrenreich, J.D., Ember, C.R., Ember, M., Raybeck, D., Robarchek, C., Irons, W, Boster, J., Barkow, J.H., Flinn, M.V., Holloway, R.L., Hrdy, D.B. MD, Hrdy, S.B., Kronenfeld, D.B., Manson, J.H., Sugiyama, L.S., & Katz, S.L. MD (2009). Referendum on Darkness in El Dorado and danger to immunization campaigns. Anthropology News, 44(7), 3-11.

Nepomnaschy, P. Vitzhum, V. & Flinn, M.V. (2009). Evolutionary endocrinology: integrating proximate mechanisms, ontogeny, and evolved function. American Journal of Human Biology 21(6), 728-730.

Flinn, M.V. (2009). Are cortisol profiles a stable trait during child development? American Journal of Human Biology 21(6), 769-771. [article in pdf]

Flinn, M.V., Muehlenbein, M.P., & Ponzi, D. (2009). Social endocrinology of the human child. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 32(1), 27-28.

Nepomnaschy P & Flinn MV (2009). Early life influences on the ontogeny of neuroendocrine stress response in the human child. In: The endocrinology of social relationships, P Gray & P Ellison (Eds.) (Chapter 16 pp. 364-382). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Flinn MV & Leone DV (2009). Alloparental care and the ontogeny of glucocorticoid stress response among stepchildren. In G Bentley & R Mace, (Eds.), Alloparental care in human societies. Biosocial Society Series. pp 212-231. Oxford: Berghahn Books. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV (2008). Why words can hurt us: Social relationships, stress, and health. In: Evolutionary medicine and health, W Trevathan, EO Smith, & J McKenna (Eds.) Chapter 13, pp. 247-258 + refs. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV & Alexander RD (2007). Runaway social selection. In: The evolution of mind, SW Gangestad & JA Simpson (Eds.), pp. 249-255. New York: Guilford Press. [article in pdf]

Flinn M.V. & Coe, K. (2007). The linked red queens of human cognition, reciprocity, and culture. In: The evolution of mind, SW Gangestad & JA Simpson (Eds.), pp. 339-347. New York: Guilford Press. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV, Quinlan RL, Ward CV, & Coe MK (2007). Evolution of the human family: Cooperative males, long social childhoods, smart mothers, and extended kin networks. In: Family relationships, C Salmon & T Shackelford (Eds.) Chapter 2, pp. 16-38. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV (2006a). Evolution and ontogeny of stress response to social challenge in the human child. Developmental Review, 26, 138-174. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV (2006b). Evolution of stress response to social-evaluative threat. In: Oxford handbook of evolutionary psychology, R Dunbar & L Barrett (Eds.), Chapter 20, pp. 272-296. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Flinn MV (2006c). Cross-cultural universals and variations: The evolutionary paradox of informational novelty. Psychological Inquiry, 17(2), 118-123. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV & Leone DV (2006). Early trauma and the ontogeny of glucocorticoid stress response in the human child: Grandmother as a secure base. Journal of Developmental Processes, 1(1), 31-68. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV, Geary DC & Ward CV (2005). Ecological dominance, social competition, and coalitionary arms races: Why humans evolved extraordinary intelligence. Evolution and Human Behavior 26(1), 10-46. [article in pdf]

Quinlan RJ & Flinn MV (2005). Kinship & reproduction in a Caribbean community. Human Nature 16(1), 32-57.
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Quinlan RJ, Quinlan MB, & Flinn MV (2005). Local resource enhancement & sex-biased breastfeeding in a Caribbean community. Current Anthropology, 46(3), 471-480. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV, Ward CV & Noone R. (2005). Hormones and the human family. In: Handbook of evolutionary psychology, D Buss (Ed.). New York: Wiley. [ article in pdf ]

Flinn MV & Ward CV (2005). Evolution of the social child. In: Origins of the social mind: Evolutionary psychology and child development, B Ellis & D Bjorklund (Eds.), chapter 2, pp. 19-44. London: Guilford Press. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV (2004). Culture and developmental plasticity: Evolution of the social brain. In: Evolutionary perspectives on child development, K MacDonald and RL. Burgess (eds.), chapter 3, pp. 73-98. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [article in pdf]

Ward CV, Flinn MV & Begun D (2004). Body size and intelligence in Hominoid evolution. In: The evolution of thought: Evolutionary origins of great ape intelligence. AE. Russon & DR Begun (eds), pp. 335-349. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV & BG England 2003. Childhood stress: endocrine and immune responses to psychosocial events. In: Social & Cultural Lives of Immune Systems, JM Wilce (Ed.), pp. 107-147. London: Routledge press. [article in pdf]

Decker SD, MV Flinn, BG England, & C Worthman 2003. Cultural congruity and the cortisol stress response among Dominican men. In: Social & Cultural Lives of Immune Systems, JM Wilce (Ed.). London: Routledge press.
[article in pdf]

Quinlan RJ and MV Flinn 2003. Intergenerational transmission of conjugal stability. Journal of Comparative Family Studies 34(4): 569-584. [article in pdf]

Quinlan RJ, MB Quinlan, and MV Flinn 2003. Parental investment & age at weaning in a Caribbean village. Evolution and Human Behavior 24(1):1-17. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV & AC Bluedorn 2002. The evolution of times. Current Anthropology 43(S4):117-119.

Geary DC & MV Flinn 2002. Sex differences in behavioral and hormonal response to social threat. Psychological Review 109(4):745-750. [article in pdf ]

Wagner JD, MV Flinn, & BG England 2002. Hormonal response to competition among male coalitions. Evolution and Human Behavior 23(6): 437-442. [article in pdf]

Geary DC & MV Flinn 2001. Evolution of human parental behavior and the human family. Parenting: Science and Practice 1 (1&2): 5-61. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV & WA Altemeier 2000. Why do we have IgE-mediated immediate hypersensitivity? Pediatric Annals 39 (12): 1.

Flinn MV, DV Leone & RJ Quinlan 1999. Growth and fluctuating asymmetry of stepchildren. Evolution and Human Behavior 20(6): 465-480. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV 1999. Family environment, stress, and health during childhood. In: Hormones, health, and behavior, C Panter-Brick & C Worthman (Eds.), pp. 105-138. Cambridge: Cambridge University press.

Flinn MV, C Baerwald, SD Decker, & BG England 1998. Evolutionary functions of neuro-endocrine response to social environment. Behavioral & Brain Sciences 21(3): 372-374.

Flinn MV & BG England 1997. Social economics of childhood glucocorticoid stress response and health. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 102(1): 33-53. [article in pdf]

Flinn MV 1997. Culture and the evolution of social learning. Evolution and Human Behavior 18(1): 23-67. [article in pdf]

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