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Human Paleobiology : Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology (Hardcover) - Robert B. Eckhardt

Human Paleobiology

Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 28th September 2000
ISBN: 9780521451604
Number Of Pages: 366

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Human Paleobiology provides a unifying framework for the study of human populations, both past and present, to a range of changing environments. It integrates evidence from studies of human adaptability, comparative primatology, and molecular genetics to document consistent measures of genetic distance between subspecies, species and other taxonomic groupings. These findings support the interpretation of the biology of humans in terms of a smaller number of populations characterized by higher levels of genetic continuity than previously hypothesized. Using this as a basis, Robert Eckhardt then goes on to analyze problems in human paleobiology including phenotypic differentiation, patterns of species range expansion and phyletic succession in terms of the patterns and processes still observable in extant populations. This book will be a challenging and stimulating read for students and researchers interested in human paleobiology or evolutionary anthropology.

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'... in this seminal text, he certainly succeeds in establishing the framework by which biological anthropologists, and particularly palaeoanthropologists, can gain more useful insights from our fossilized past.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Preface
Palaeobiology: present perspectives on the past
Constancy and change: taxonomic uncertainty in a probabilistic world
A century of fossils
About a century of theory
Human adaptability present and past
Primate patterns of diversity and adaptation
Hominid phylogeny: morphological and molecular measures of diversity
Plio-Pleistocene hominids: the paleobiology of fragmented populations
Character state velocity in the emergence of more advanced hominids
Paleobiological perspectives on modern human origins
The future of the past
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ISBN: 9780521451604
ISBN-10: 0521451604
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 28th September 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 16.56  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.68

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