Basics in Human Evolution

Basics in Human Evolution

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Basics in Human Evolution offers a broad view of evolutionary biology and medicine. The book is written for a non-expert audience, providing accessible and convenient content that will appeal to numerous readers across the interdisciplinary field.

From evolutionary theory, to cultural evolution, this book fills gaps in the readers' knowledge from various backgrounds and introduces them to thought leaders in human evolution research.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 584 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 53mm | 788g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0128026529
  • 9780128026526
  • 1,786,531

Table of contents


Part I Positioning Human Evolution

1. Basic Evolutionary Theory

Doug Futuyma

2. Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design

Andrew Petto

Part II Primates

3. Primate Evolution

Robert Martin

4. Primate Comparative Anatomy

Rui Diogo, Magdalena Muchlinski, and Adam Hartstone-Rose

5. Primate Behavior

David Watts

6. Primate Models of Human Evolution

Robert Sussman and Donna Hart

Part III Hominins

7. Early Hominin Ecology

Jeanne Sept

8. Bipedalism

Kevin Hunt

9. Early Hominins

Kevin Hunt

10. Australopithecines

Carol Ward

11. Early Homo

Scott Simpson

12. Archaic Homo

James Ahern

13. Anatomically Modern Homo Sapiens

Brigitte Holt

14. Evolution of Tool Use

Kathy Schick and Nick Toth

Part IV Genetics and Biology

15. Contemporary Human Genetic Variation

John Relethford

16. Population Movements

Oscar Lao and Manfred Kayser

17. Brain Evolution

Ralph Holloway

18. Physiological Adaptations to Environmental Stressors

William Leonard

19. Evolution of Skin Color

Peter Elias and Mary Williams

20. Human Growth and Development

Barry Bogin

21. Human Reproductive Ecology

Claudia Valeggia and Alejandra Nunez-de la Mora

22. Human Senescence

Lynnette Leidy Sievert

Part V Lifeways

23. Hunter-Gatherers

Michael Little and Mark Blumler

24. Pastoralism

Michael Little

25. Agriculturalism

Mark Blumler

Part VI Health

26. Early Development and Disease

Felicia Low, Peter Gluckman, and Mark Hanson

27. Modernization and Disease

William Dressler

28. Modern Human Diet

Andrea Wiley

29. Diversity and Origins of Human Infectious Diseases

Serge Morand

30. Coevolution of Humans and Pathogens

Lisa Sattenspiel

31. Bioarcheology

Della Cook

Part VII Behavior and Culture

32. Evolutionary Biology of Human Stress

Carol Worthman

33. Aggression, Affiliation, and Parenting

Mark Flinn

34. Human Mating Systems

Steven Gangestad and Nicholas Grebe

35. Evolution of Cognition

Jennifer Vonk and Chinmay Aradhye

36. Evolution of Language

Philip Lieberman

37. Evolution of Moral Systems

Douglas Allchin

38. Race and Ethnicity

Catherine Bliss

39. Cultural Evolution

Robert Walker
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"This is a laudably ambitious project.various chapters can form an excellent introduction to different graduate courses in bioanthropology and the volume would fit on the shelf of any anthropology or general university library." --The Quarterly Review of Biology
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"This is a laudably ambitious project...various chapters can form an excellent introduction to different graduate courses in bioanthropology and the volume would fit on the shelf of any anthropology or general university library." --The Quarterly Review of Biology
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About Michael P. Muehlenbein

Michael P. Muehlenbein is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned an MsPH in both Tropical Medicine and Biostatistics from Tulane University, and an MPhil and PhD in Biological Anthropology from Yale University. He is a distinguished and prolific author and his research includes a number of different topics, from evolutionary endocrinology and ecological immunology to conservation medicine. He is currently working on understanding life history trade-offs between the immune and reproductive systems in primates, as well as risks of emerging infectious diseases associated with contact between humans and wild primate populations.
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