Human Paleobiology

Human Paleobiology

by Robert B. Eckhardt
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Cambridge University Press
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Human Paleobiology

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; 1. Palaeobiology: present perspectives on the past; 2. Constancy and change: taxonomic uncertainty in a probabilistic world; 3. A century of fossils; 4. About a century of theory; 5. Human adaptability present and past; 6. Primate patterns of diversity and adaptation; 7. Hominid phylogeny: morphological and molecular measures of diversity; 8. Plio-Pleistocene hominids: the paleobiology of fragmented populations; 9. Character state velocity in the emergence of more advanced hominids; 11. Paleobiological perspectives on modern human origins; 12. The future of the past; References.

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