The Origins of Native Americans: Evidence from Anthropological Genetics / Edition 1

The Origins of Native Americans: Evidence from Anthropological Genetics / Edition 1

by Michael H. Crawford
     
 

Who are the Native Americans? When and how did they colonize the New World? What proportion of the biological variation in contemporary Native American populations was "Made in America" and what was brought from Siberia? This book is a unique synthesis of the genetic, archaeological and demographic evidence concerning the Native peoples of the Americas, using case… See more details below

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Who are the Native Americans? When and how did they colonize the New World? What proportion of the biological variation in contemporary Native American populations was "Made in America" and what was brought from Siberia? This book is a unique synthesis of the genetic, archaeological and demographic evidence concerning the Native peoples of the Americas, using case studies from contemporary Native American and Siberian indigenous groups to unravel the mysteries. It culminates in an examination of the devastating collision between European and Native American cultures following Contact, and the legacy of increased incidence of chronic diseases that still accompanies the acculturation of Native peoples today. This compelling account will be required reading for all those interested in the anthropology of Native Americans, past, present and future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521004107
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgement
1Origins of New World populations1
2Population size and the effects of European contact32
3Demography of Amerindian populations63
4Genetic variation in contemporary populations of the Americas88
5Population structure of Native Americans149
6Morphological variation194
7The survivors239
References262
Author index297
Subject index304

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