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<There is a narratological theory that in the early development of
> (SP), at a time of mass extinction, our 'family' survived because of the
> high percentage of grandparents (and I'm not just saying this 'cos I am
> one). The grannies were useful because they had knowledge, could process
> foods that may have been toxic in their natural form and they could look
> after children etc..>
The importance of grandparents is recognised in other fields.
Recent list discussions touched on the grandparent role in relation to
possible social reasons for the menopause (don't ask how we got there).
Basically the argument there is the same but given a biological twist-
without the possibility of themselves becoming pregnant, with all the health
risks that entails, the menopause may have evolved as a response to the
value grandmothers can provide in additional care- and of course information
transmission- to grandchildren.
Not too sure about the rest of what you say, though sounds very much
like what happens when humanities/social sciences scholars start getting
carried away with themselves (or ourselves I should say).
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