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    The Ontogeny and Phylogeny of Children’s Object and Fantasy Play.A. D. Pellegrini & David F. Bjorklund - 2004 - Human Nature 15 (1):23-43.
    We examine the ontogeny and phylogeny of object and fantasy play from a functional perspective. Each form of play is described from an evolutionary perspective in terms of its place in the total time and energy budgets of human and nonhuman juveniles. As part of discussion of functions of play, we examine sex differences, particularly as they relate to life in the environment of evolutionary adaptedness and economic activities of human and nonhuman primates. Object play may relate to foraging activities. (...)
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    Sex Differences in Young Children’s Use of Tools in a Problem-Solving Task.Jeffrey M. Gredlein & David F. Bjorklund - 2005 - Human Nature 16 (2):211-232.
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    Lorenz Revisited.David F. Bjorklund, Carlos Hernández Blasi & Virginia A. Periss - 2010 - Human Nature 21 (4):371-392.
    Certain characteristics of childhood immaturity (e.g., infantile facial features) may have been favored by natural selection to evoke positive feelings in adults. We propose that some aspects of cognitive immaturity might also endear young children to adults. In two studies, adults rated expressions of mature and immature thinking attributed to children. Immature thinking in which children expressed a supernatural explanation elicited positive affect reactions, whereas other forms of immature thinking, which made no attribution to supernatural causation, were responded to negatively. (...)
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    The Role of Developmental Immaturity and Plasticity in Evolution.David F. Bjorklund & Jason Grotuss - 2006 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):281-282.
    Aspects of cognitive immaturity may serve both to adapt children to their immediate environment and to prepare them for future ones. Language may have evolved in children's groups in the context of play. Developmental plasticity provides variability upon which natural selection operates, and such plasticity, that likely played an important role in the evolution of language, characterizes human children today.
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    Young Children’s Release From Proactive Interference: The Effects of Category Typicality.David F. Bjorklund, Steven C. Smith & Peter A. Ornstein - 1982 - Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 20 (4):211-213.