Human Paleobiology

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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.
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"Some of the more current themes in human evolution can be consumed in Robert Eckhardt's Human Paleobiology (Cambridge University Press, 2000)...a useful synopsis." Canadian Palaeobiology

"He has the knowledge and the stature to pull this off, and I believe he succeeds in making the sort of argument that will be listened to." American Journal of Human Biology

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Table of Contents

1 Paleobiology: present perspectives on the past 1
2 Constancy and change: taxonomic uncertainty in a probabilistic world 17
3 A century of fossils 40
4 About a century of theory 62
5 Human adaptability present and past 90
6 Primate patterns of diversity and adaptation 116
7 Hominid phylogeny: morphological and molecular measures of diversity 142
8 Plio-Pleistocene hominids: the paleobiology of fragmented populations 166
9 Character state velocity in the emergence of more advanced hominids 208
10 The paleobiology of widely dispersed hominids 235
11 Paleobiological perspectives on modern human origins 257
12 A future for the past 280
Bibliography 294
Index 344
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