Human Paleobiology

Human Paleobiology

by Robert B. Eckhardt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521123852

ISBN-13: 9780521123853

Pub. Date: 01/07/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Human Paleobiology provides a unifying framework for the study of past and present human populations to a range of changing environments. It integrates evidence from studies of human adaptability, comparative primatology, and molecular genetics to document consistent measures of genetic distance among subspecies, species, and other taxonomic groupings. These…  See more details below

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Human Paleobiology provides a unifying framework for the study of past and present human populations to a range of changing environments. It integrates evidence from studies of human adaptability, comparative primatology, and molecular genetics to document consistent measures of genetic distance among subspecies, species, and other taxonomic groupings. These findings support the interpretation of human biology in terms of fewer number of populations characterized by higher levels of genetic continuity than previously hypothesized. Using this as a basis, Robert Eckhardt goes on to analyze problems in human paleobiology including phenotypic differentiation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521123853
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/07/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series, #26
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Paleobiology: present perspectives on the past1
2Constancy and change: taxonomic uncertainty in a probabilistic world17
3A century of fossils40
4About a century of theory62
5Human adaptability present and past90
6Primate patterns of diversity and adaptation116
7Hominid phylogeny: morphological and molecular measures of diversity142
8Plio-Pleistocene hominids: the paleobiology of fragmented populations166
9Character state velocity in the emergence of more advanced hominids208
10The paleobiology of widely dispersed hominids235
11Paleobiological perspectives on modern human origins257
12A future for the past280
Bibliography294
Index344

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