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Human Variability and Plasticity : Cambridge Studies in Biological Anthropology - C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor

Human Variability and Plasticity

Cambridge Studies in Biological Anthropology

By: C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor (Editor), Barry Bogin (Editor), G. A. Harrison (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 2005
ISBN: 9780521453998
Number Of Pages: 256

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Plasticity refers to the ability of many organisms to change their biology or behavior to respond to changes in the environment. Humans are probably the most plastic of all species, and hence the most variable. This is the first book to examine the history of research in this area and it provides information on state-of-the-art research methods and discoveries. It also maps out some areas of future research in human plasticity and variability. Topics discussed include child growth, starvation, diseases of both young and old, and the effects of migration, modernization and other life-style changes. The book will be especially useful to biological anthropologists, human biologists and medical scientists interested in knowing more about how and why humans vary.

Foreword
Introduction
The pervasiveness of plasticity
Plasticity in early development
Plasticity in the growth of Mayan refugee children living in the United States
The place of plasticity in the study of the secular trend for male stature
Plasticity, growth and energy balance
The study of migrants as a strategy for understanding human biological plasticity
Human migration: effects on people, effects on populations
The use of surnames in the study of human variation and plasticity
A biological anthropological approach to measuring societal stress of parasitic disease - a case study of Schistosomiasis
Biological adaptability, plasticity and disease: patterns in modernising societies
Human biological adaptability with special emphasis on plasticity: history, development and problems for future research
Index
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ISBN: 9780521453998
ISBN-10: 0521453992
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 31st January 2005
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.72  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.5

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