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Biological Perspectives on Human Pigmentation
     

Biological Perspectives on Human Pigmentation

by C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor, Robins Ashley H., Ashley H. Robins
 

ISBN-10: 0521020204

ISBN-13: 9780521020206

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Skin color is perhaps the most decisive and abused physical characteristic of humankind. This book presents a multidisciplinary overview of how and why human populations vary so markedly in their skin color. The biological aspects of the pigment cell and its production of melanin are reviewed. The functions of melanin in the skin, brain, eye and ear are considered,

Overview

Skin color is perhaps the most decisive and abused physical characteristic of humankind. This book presents a multidisciplinary overview of how and why human populations vary so markedly in their skin color. The biological aspects of the pigment cell and its production of melanin are reviewed. The functions of melanin in the skin, brain, eye and ear are considered, and the common clinical abnormalities of pigmentation, such as albinism, are described and illustrated. Detailed reflectance data from worldwide surveys of skin color are also presented. Next, historical and contemporary backgrounds of the phenomenon are explored in relation to the so-called color problem in society. Finally, the possible evolutionary forces that shape human pigmentation are assessed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521020206
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series , #7
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Biology of the pigment cell; 2. The biochemical and hormonal control of pigmentation; 3. Ultraviolet radiation and the pigmentary system; 4. Functions of melanin; 5. Non-cutaneous melanin: distribution, nature and relationship to skin melanin; 6. The properties and possible functions of non-cutaneous melanin; 7. Measurement of skin colour; 8. Disorders of hyperpigmentation; 9. Disorders of hypopigmentation; 10. Skin colour and society: the social-biological interface; 11. The evolution of skin colour; References; Index.

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