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Body Composition in Biological Anthropology : Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology - Roy J. Shephard

Body Composition in Biological Anthropology

Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology


Published: 25th January 1991
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This volume provides a thought-provoking, interdisciplinary perspective on the empirical and analytic study of body composition and the techniques used for measuring body components, such as fat, water, muscle, and bone mass and density. The nature of regional differences, developmental changes, pathological abnormalities, and the impact of heredity and environment in shaping body composition are discussed in the context of human evolution. For instance, the author looks at how growth, aging, and exposure to heat, cold, excess or lack of nourishment modify normal body composition.

"The book differs from some other works in biological anthropology by taking an explicitly evolutionary perspective, and includes interesting perspectives from the history of biological anthropology, all written in a very readable style." Choice "...A lot of valuable information is packed into these chapters...will be of interest as a general overview of body composition techniques and issues." The Quarterly Review of Biology

Epidemiological indices, anthropometric and cadaver estimates of body composition
Determination of body fat
Determination of body water
Determination of lean tissue
Estimation of bone mass
Regional differences of body composition
Developmental changes, growth and aging
Genetic influences upon body composition
Environmental influences
Pathological disturbances of body composition
Human adaptability and body composition
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ISBN: 9780521362672
ISBN-10: 0521362679
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 25th January 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.69