I know this has been touched upon in other threads, but not this way. I was holding my 3 1/2 month old godson a few days ago, and this just kind of landed in my head. Now, I wanna know why.
Human babies seem to be amongst the most frail of newborns. They’ve got the rooting reflex down, so assuming that a lactating female is handy, they can eat- but only with assistance. Aside from that one truly innate reflex, they’re pretty much helpless. Witness preemies, with underdeveloped lungs, etc. Ever week in utero counts. counts.
Why is it that humans don’t develop more fully in utero?? I’m not trying to be facetious here. I want to know what it is that has determined that our species more or less delivers after 9 months of development, with so many senses not fully intact, etc. What development of our species made it desirable to have our offspring SO dependant upon us? Why not let us develop enough so that we were a bit more hardy? God knows life wasn’t cushy when we were living in caves and trees. Is it just so that the strongest infants survive? Survival of the fittest? Or, is there more to it?