9780521147231

The Climate Connection

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521147231

  • ISBN10:

    0521147239

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Highlights the influence of saltatory evolution and rapid climate change on human evolution, migration and behavioural change. Growing concern over the potential impacts of climate change on our future is clearly evident. In order to better understand our present circumstances and deal effectively with future climate change, society needs to become more informed about the historical connection between climate and humans. The authors' combined research in the fields of climate change, evolutionary biology, Earth sciences and human migration and behaviour complement each other, and have facilitated an innovative and integrated approach to the human evolution-climate connection. The Climate Connection provides an in-depth text linking 135,000 years of climate change with human evolution and implications for our future, for those working and interested in the field and those embarking on upper-level courses on this topic.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Early Human History
From ape to human: the emergence of hominids
Human behavioural evolution
The migration and diaspora of Homo
Climate During the Last Glacial Cycle
Climate change over the last 135,000 years
The effect of 135,000 years of changing climate on the global landscape
The Interaction Between Climate and Humans
The interaction between climate and humans
Climate and agriculture
Climate and our future
The biological background to the story of evolution: the book within the book
Evolutionary adaptability
Developmental evolution
Human adaptability: the physiological foundation
References
Index
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