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Migration and Colonization in Human Microevolution : Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology - Alan G. Fix

Migration and Colonization in Human Microevolution

Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

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Migration and colonization are major forces affecting the frequency, spatial pattern and spread of genes in human populations. Here, Alan Fix reviews theories of migration developed by biologists and social scientists and surveys patterns of migration in a diverse sample of human populations. Using these empirical studies, he evaluates models of migration developed by population geneticists and explores more realistic models using computer simulation. He then shows the relevance of studies of migration as a microevolutionary process to the understanding of longer term global patterns of human diversification, by examining on the spread of anatomically modern Homo sapiens, the demic diffusion of agriculture in Europe, and the origins of human diversity in the Malayan Peninsula. By focusing on migration as a process rather than as its genetic consequences, the book provides a bridge between biological and social science studies of migration, genetic microevolutionary theory and longer term human evolution.

"This is an excellent summary of what geneticists and evolutionary biologists should know about human migration." Quarterly Review of Biology "...major contribution and one of very few significant works on this topical issue in recent decades." Science "The book's treatment of these different appoaches is excellent...As such, the book will serve as a classic reference from which to further research human migration." American Jrnl of Human Biology

Preface
Acknowledgements
The study of migration
The anthropology of human migration
Population genetics models and human migration
Computer simulation models
Migration and colonization in human evolution
Conclusions: an evolutionary framework for the study of migration
References
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ISBN: 9780521592062
ISBN-10: 0521592062
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 13th October 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55