Human Biology : An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-04-10
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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This comprehensive introduction to the field of human biology covers all the major areas of the field: genetic variation, variation related to climate, infectious and non-infectious diseases, aging, growth, nutrition, and demography. Written by four expert authors working in close collaboration, this second edition has been thoroughly updated to provide undergraduate and graduate students with two new chapters: one on race and culture and their ties to human biology, and the other a concluding summary chapter highlighting the integration and intersection of the topics covered in the book.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Human Biology: An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspectivep. 3
History of Human Biology in the United States of Americap. 23
Heredity and Patterned Human Variationp. 51
An Introduction to Geneticsp. 53
Genetics, Geography, and Human Variationp. 99
Quantitative Variation and Geneticsp. 143
Human Adaptabilityp. 175
Human Adaptation to Climate: Temperature, Ultraviolet Radiation, and Altitudep. 177
Human Nutritional Evolutionp. 251
Human Energeticsp. 325
Human Biology and Healthp. 385
The Epidemiology of Human Diseasep. 387
Stress and Human Biologyp. 459
The Human Life Coursep. 513
Evolution of the Human Life Cyclep. 515
Growth Variation: Biological and Cultural Factoisp. 587
Aging, Senescence, and Human Variationp. 637
Population Dynamicsp. 693
Demography Part 1: Mortality and Migrationp. 695
Demography Part 2: Population Growth and Fertility Regulationp. 757
Glossaryp. 805
Indexp. 833
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