Human Population Biology

Human Population Biology : A Transdisciplinary Science

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This book is a careful integration of the social and biological sciences, drawing on anthropology, biology, human ecology and medicine to provide a comprehensive understanding of how our species adapts to natural and man-made more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 163.3 x 243.1 x 27.7mm | 846g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones and line illustrations throughout
  • 0195050169
  • 9780195050165

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"A thoroughly professional book, not necessarily easy reading because of the breadth of technical materials covered, but deserves study by any anthropologist interested in the biological process in contemporary human populations; it will also be mined for ideas by a much wider audience of human biologists." --The Quarterly Review of Biology"Characterized by a unity in outlook and approach rarely, if ever, found in multi-authored volume. . . .Interesting and well-written." --Population Studies"The breadth of coverage of the chapters, the chapter bibliographies, and the emphasis on directions for future research make this volume a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any anthropologist or nonanthropologist interested in biocultural aspects of our own species. In addition, I think it will find a niche in upper-level courses or seminars dealing with the subject of human adaptation, whether they are taught in anthropology, physiology, nutrition, ecology, demography, or medical science departments. . . .Stands as a testament to Baker's vision and his teaching." --American Journal of Human Biologyshow more

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As understanding about the universe grows, the traditional borders that circumscribe realms of exploration (academic sciences) become less well defined, and new fields arise. Human population biology is moving toward this transdisciplinary level from a biobehavioral and biocultural base that has its origins in more

Table of contents

Michael A. Little & Jere D. Haas: Human population biology and the concept of transdisciplinarity; Paul W. Leslie & Timothy B. Gage: Demography and human population biology: problems and progress; Timothy B. Gage, John M. McCullough, Charles A. Weitz, James Dutt & Andrew Abelson: Demographic studies and human population biology; Charles Hoff, Ralph M. Garruto & Norris Durham: Human adaptability and medical genetics; Ralph M. Garruto, Anthony B. Way, Shelley Zansky & Charles Hoff: Natural experimental models in human biology, epidemiology and clinical medicine; Charles A. Weitz, Lawrence P. Greksa, R. Brooke Thomas & Cynthia M. Beall: An anthropological perspective on the study of work capacity; Joel M. Hanna, Michael A. Little & Donald M. Austin: Climatic physiology; Jere D. Haas & David L. Pelletier: Nutrition and human population biology; Ivan G. Pawson, C. Carol Ballew & James R. Bindon: New perspectives and directions in human biology and growth; Cynthia M. Beall & Charles A. Weitz: The human population biology of ageing; A. Roberto Frisancho & Lawrence P. Greksa: Developmental responses in the acquisition of functional adaptation to high altitude; Lawrence P. Greksa & Cynthia M. Beall: Development of chest size and lung function at high altitude; C. Carol Ballew, Ralph M. Garruto & Jere D. Haas: High-altitude hematology: paradigm or enigma?; Stephen T. McGarvey, James R. Bindon, Douglas E. Crews & Diana Schendel: Modernization and adiposity: causes and consequences; Gary D. James, Douglas E. Crews & Jay Pearson: Catecholamines and stress; R. Brooke Thomas, Timothy B. Cage & Michael A. Little: Reflections on adaptive and ecological more