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Happenings and Hearsay: Experiences of a Biological Anthropologist
     

Happenings and Hearsay: Experiences of a Biological Anthropologist

by Gabriel W. Lasker
 
One of the post-World War II founders of modern human biology and physical anthropology, Gabriel Lasker has a well-established place int he history of science. Lasker pioneered the concept of plasticity in human biology in an article published in Science in 1969. That article has since become a classic and defines plasticity as the process of human adaptation to

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One of the post-World War II founders of modern human biology and physical anthropology, Gabriel Lasker has a well-established place int he history of science. Lasker pioneered the concept of plasticity in human biology in an article published in Science in 1969. That article has since become a classic and defines plasticity as the process of human adaptation to stressful environments by a series of modifications to the body during the course of physical growth and developments. This notion of plasticity forced the scientific community to reexamine the genetically fixed racial types that scientists relied upon.

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Library Journal
As the subtitle suggests, this is a highly personal account of an eminent biological anthropologists life, but because Lasker worked with or professionally encountered most 20th-century physical anthropologists, as well as many of the more prominent sociocultural anthropologists, it also provides an entertaining history of the fields development. Lasker describes in rather idiosyncratic detail the personalities, institutions, and research projects with which he has been affiliated over the years. Students of the discipline interested in the behind-the-scenes relationships and events that shaped their field and historians of the social sciences in search of insights concerning who spoke to whom about what will find this an illuminating source. There is not much in Laskers study for general readers, however, and few collections will find it indispensable.Glenn Petersen, Baruch Coll. & Graduate Ctr., CUNY

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ISBN-13:
9780814328408
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.75(d)

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