Genes, Culture, and Human Evolution

Genes, Culture, and Human Evolution : A Synthesis

By (author) Linda Stone , By (author) Paul F. Lurquin , By (author) L.Luca Cavalli-Sforza

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Genes, Culture, and Human Evolution: A Synthesisis a textbook on human evolution that offers students a unique combination of cultural anthropology and genetics. * Written by two geneticists---including a world-renowned scientist and founder of the Human Genome Diversity Project---and a socio-cultural anthropologist. * Based on recent findings in genetics and anthropology that indicate the analysis of human culture and evolution demands an integration of these fields of study. * Focuses on evolution---or, rather, co-evolution---viewed from the standpoint of genes and culture, and their inescapable interactions. * Unifies cultural and genetic concepts rather than rehashing nonempirical sociobiological musings. * Demonstrates that empirical genetic evidence, based on modern DNA analysis and population studies, provides an excellent foundation for understanding human cultural diversity.

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 188 x 238.8 x 25.4mm | 657.72g
  • 30 Oct 2006
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester
  • English
  • 1405131667
  • 9781405131667
  • 629,929

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Linda Stone is Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University. She has produced over 25 scholarly publications, including 8 books. Paul F. Lurquin is Professor of Genetics at Washington State University. He is the author and coauthor of over 100 scholarly publications, including 6 books. L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza is Professor Emeritus of Genetics at Stanford University. His publications comprise over 500 articles and 14 books. He is a member of the United States Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British Royal Society, French Academy of Sciences, and the Italian Academy of Sciences.

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“This book lives up to its title. It provides an invigorating and well-informed overview of human genetic and cultural evolution, one that transcends the disciplinary boundaries that become an irrelevance to a full understanding of where we come from, out nature and origins." (Anthropos, 2009) "The important branch of evolutionary anthropology that concentrates on the co-evolution of genes and culture has been in need of its definitive textbook. Here it has found its perfect expression in one of those rare texts that is also a grand synthesis and a contribution in its own right." Robin Fox, University Professor of Social Theory, Rutgers University "Stone and Lurquin have integrated what we know about bones, genes, and languages to produce a uniquely valuable account. By focusing on the science of human evolution, the authors avoid the stultifying debates about what is culture and does it evolve. With this volume, evolutionary anthropology becomes a coherent discipline accessible to all students and scholars in the human sciences." Marc Feldman, Stanford University "The first textbook that uses evolutionary theory to combine the study of human culture and genetics." Australian Journal of Anthropology

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Drawing links between genetic and cultural development, this textbook on human evolution offers students a unique combination of cultural anthropology and genetics. For too long, cultural anthropology and science have been portrayed as antagonistic. The authors believe that this is misguided and that recent findings in genetics and anthropology indicate that, to the contrary, a fruitful analysis of human culture and evolution demands. integration of these fields of study. This text unifies cultural and genetic concepts: "Genes, Culture, and Human Evolution" demonstrates that empirical genetic evidence, based on modern DNA analysis and population studies, provides an excellent foundation for understanding human cultural diversity.

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