Genes, Culture, and Human Evolution: A Synthesis / Edition 1

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Genes, Culture, and Human Evolution: A Synthesisis a textbook on human evolution that offers students a unique combination of cultural anthropology and genetics.

  • Written by two geneticists—-including a world-renowned scientist and founder of the Human Genome Diversity Project—-and a socio-cultural anthropologist.
  • Based on recent findings in genetics and anthropology that indicate the analysis of human culture and evolution demands an integration of these fields of study.
  • Focuses on evolution—-or, rather, co-evolution—-viewed from the standpoint of genes and culture, and their inescapable interactions.
  • Unifies cultural and genetic concepts rather than rehashing nonempirical sociobiological musings.
  • Demonstrates that empirical genetic evidence, based on modern DNA analysis and population studies, provides an excellent foundation for understanding human cultural diversity.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book lives up to itstitle.  It provides aninvigorating and well-informed overview of human genetic andcultural evolution, one that transcends the disciplinary boundariesthat become an irrelevance to a full understanding of where we comefrom, out nature and origins.” (Anthropos,2009)

"The important branch of evolutionary anthropology thatconcentrates on the co-evolution of genes and culture has been inneed of its definitive textbook. Here it has found its perfectexpression in one of those rare texts that is also a grandsynthesis and a contribution in its own right." Robin Fox,University Professor of Social Theory, Rutgers University

"Stone and Lurquin have integrated what we know about bones,genes, and languages to produce a uniquely valuable account. Byfocusing on the science of human evolution, the authors avoid thestultifying debates about what is culture and does it evolve. Withthis volume, evolutionary anthropology becomes a coherentdiscipline accessible to all students and scholars in the humansciences." Marc Feldman, Stanford University

"The first textbook that uses evolutionary theory to combine thestudy of human culture and genetics."
Australian Journal of Anthropology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405131667
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/9/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 696,892
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Stone is Professor of Anthropology at Washington StateUniversity. She has produced over 25 scholarly publications,including 8 books.

Paul F. Lurquin is Professor of Genetics at WashingtonState University. He is the author and coauthor of over 100scholarly publications, including 6 books.

L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza is Professor Emeritus of Geneticsat Stanford University. His publications comprise over 500 articlesand 14 books. He is a member of the United States Academy ofSciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British RoyalSociety, French Academy of Sciences, and the Italian Academy ofSciences.

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Table of Contents




Introduction by L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza.

1. Genetic and Cultural Theory: A Brief Overview.

2. Human Descent and Paleoanthropology.

3. Foundations of Classical and Molecular Genetics.

4. Genetics as a Key to Human Origins and Prehistory.

5. Fundamentals of Human Evolution: Mutation and NaturalSelection.

6. Fundamentals of Human Evolution: Drift, Migration, andQuantitative Analysis of Human Genetic Diversity.

7. Cultural Evolution.

8. Geography of Human Genes and Correlation with Languages.

9. The Prehistory of Human Genes.

10. Voyages: Prehistoric Human Expansions.

11. The Neolithic Transition in Europe and the Peopling of theAmericas.

12. Genes, Kinship, and Identity.

13. Cultural Clines, Clades, Cycles, and Waves: The Process ofCultural Evolution.

14. Genes and Culture in Medicine.

General Conclusion.

Appendix 1. The Denaturing High Performance LiquidChromatography (DHPLC) Technique.

Appendix 2. The Hardy–Weinberg Theorem.

Appendix 3. A Simulation of Drift.

Appendix 4. The Diversification of Languages.


Key References.



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