Microevolutionary Patterns in Aboriginal Australia

Microevolutionary Patterns in Aboriginal Australia : A Gradient Analysis of Clines

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The most extensive longitudinal genetic study of any human population Based on a long-term research project that examined over five thousand Australian Aborigines and hybrids Provides completely unique data due to the approaching extinction of Aborigines in many parts of Australia As a result of this research, the evolutionary population structure of these hunter-gatherers has been defined more completely than that of any other population at any economic level. The book confirms the shifting balance theory of evolution proposed by Sewall Wright - that random and unpredictable changes produce indeterminate results often leading to evolutionary progress. Written by one of the pioneers in human population genetics, this book is an unique study of immense value to its field.show more

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  • Hardback | 487 pages
  • 172.97 x 242.82 x 34.04mm | 1,065.94g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line figures, halftones and tables, bibliography
  • 0195063619
  • 9780195063615

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Part A: Introduction and Methodology. 1: Population structure in Aboriginal Australia. 2: Microevolutionary forces. 3: The Australian environment. 4: Prehistory in Australia. 5: Greater Australia and the routes approaching it. 6: Who were the migrants to Australia?. 7: Hypothesis about the origin of the Australian Aborigines. 8: The data base for this analysis. 9: Methodology. Part B: Serology. 10: Gradient analysis of composite serological variants. Part C: Australian Population Variation in the Dentition. 11: Analysis of dental isophenic gradients. Appendices. Part D: Morphological Variation in Space. 12: Aspects of pigmentation. 13: Variability in hair systems. 14: Some other morphological systems. 15: Some morphological variations in the ear. 16: Some patterns of spatial variation in facial traits. 17: Morphological variation in the cranium. 18: The pattern of morphological gradients. Part E: Metrical and Indical Traits. 19: Body metrics. 20: Head and face measurements and indices. 21: Composite metrical gradients for the body. 22: Metrical gradients for cranial variables. 23: Metrical gradients for facial variables. 24: Combined metrical gradients. Appendices. Part F: Analysis Involving Region Trends, Time, Ecology, and Language. 25: The final composite gradient. 26: Refuge areas and their biological differentiation. 27: In some cases time factors can be added to the basic space calculus. 28: A comparison on the dynamics of two living systems. 29: Ecology and social relationships in the Kimberleys. 30: Problems of interpretation. 31: Gene flow and migration versus adaptive changes. 32: Recent developments in the study of genetics of populations. 33: Conclusions. Appendixshow more

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