Foreword by Bruce G Charlton...
Premature birth is a bad start to life! It is associated with a higher lifelong risk of many physical and psychological problems.
We would therefore expect that prematurity ruled-out high levels of human attainment. But something like the opposite is found; and a surprisingly large number of famous and eminent achievers were born prematurely.
It was perhaps because Edward Dutton began life as a premature baby that he noticed this remarkable phenomenon of 'preemie geniuses'.
Dutton's theory is that while prematurity is usually bad for health, reproduction and life-expectancy; nonetheless it may trigger extreme compensatory aptitudes that may greatly benefit the wider community.
Already well known for generating interesting and fertile evolutionary hypotheses: Sent before their time is Edward Dutton's biggest and best idea yet.