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Late marriages are a way for a society to limit the population - along with other ways like breastfeeding for a long time. But I would rather place a declining fertility among high status women in China together with declining fertility rates among high status women in general. IIRC, in the demographic transition high status persons start to have declining number of children first, and tend to stay ahead of the curve.

This has often been used together with evolution to claim the fall of intelligent humans. The movie Idiocracy is a recent examples, and a rather benign one compared with the eugenic conclusions that was backed by similar reasoning in the 20th century.

Given that the demographic transition is as far as I know unprecedented, I don't think any conclusions about our nature or evolution can be drawn from it.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jun 17th, 2014 at 11:16:03 AM EST
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