Simulating Human Origins and Evolution

Simulating Human Origins and Evolution

by K. P. Wessen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521397995

ISBN-13: 9780521397995

Pub. Date: 11/24/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The development of populations over time, and, on longer timescales, the evolution of species, are both influenced by a complex of interacting, underlying processes. Computer simulation provides a means of experimenting within an idealised framework to allow aspects of these processes and their interactions to be isolated, controlled, and understood. In this book,

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Overview

The development of populations over time, and, on longer timescales, the evolution of species, are both influenced by a complex of interacting, underlying processes. Computer simulation provides a means of experimenting within an idealised framework to allow aspects of these processes and their interactions to be isolated, controlled, and understood. In this book, computer simulation is used to model migration, extinction, fossilisation, interbreeding, selection and non-hereditary effects in the context of human populations and the observed distribution of fossil and current hominoid species. The simulations described enable the visualisation and study of lineages, genetic diversity in populations, character diversity across species and the accuracy of reconstructions, allowing insights into human evolution and the origins of humankind for graduate students and researchers in the fields of physical anthropology, human evolution, and human genetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521397995
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/24/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series, #42
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Simulating Species: 2. Overview; 3. Simulation design; 4. Running the simulation; 5. Simulating diversity; 6. Simulating migration; 7. Discussion; Part II. Simulating Genealogies: 8. Overview; 9. Simulation design; 10. Simulating a single population; 11. Simulating multiple populations; 12. Adding genetics to the genealogy; 13. Discussion; Part III. Bibliography and Index.

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