Evolution and Human Kinship
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Evolution and Human Kinship

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While there have been controversial attempts to link conclusions from sociobiological studies of animal populations to humans, few behavioural scientists or anthropologists have made serious progress. This book presents a theoretical approach to human social behaviour that is rooted in evolutionary biology and sociobiology. Hughes applies the principles of kin selection theory - which states that natural selection can favour social acts that increase the fitness of both individuals and their close relatives - to anthropological data, using mathematical and statistical techniques.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 160 x 236.7 x 17.5mm | 467.21g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 35 figures, 18 tables
  • 019505234X
  • 9780195052343

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'Written to help, in the debate on assisted reproduction by providing relevant information on the issues under discussion.'Contemporary Reviews in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 'This book should be read by all those seriousl taking part in the debate on assisted reproduction and embryo research and the consequences...This book gives a concise and up to date description of the scientific, ehtical and legal aspects of this field and should assist better informal debate.comtemporary Reviews in Obstetrics and Ggynacology 'This book...throws an important new light on our understanding of inclusive fitness theory, as well as on the way we apply sociobiological principles to the study of Man. The challenge it throws at conventional sociobiological theory is bound to generate important new insights.' TREEshow more

Table of contents

Philosophical background; The theory of kin selection; Co-operation and sharing among kin; The structure of relatedness; Kin group subdivision and conflict; Kinship and leadership; The structure of kinship terminologies; Prospects for a biologically-based science; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.show more