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The Human Biology of Pastoral Populations : Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology - William R. Leonard

The Human Biology of Pastoral Populations

Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

By: William R. Leonard (Editor), Michael H. Crawford (Editor)

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Animal-herding (pastoralism) is a subsistence strategy that is practised by populations of low-producing ecosystems worldwide. Increasingly, it is vanishing due to land pressure and ecological degradation, particularly in the developing world. While previous books have examined the social, cultural and economic dimensions of the pastoral way of life, until now there has been no systematic examination of the biology and health of pastoral groups. The Human Biology of Pastoral Populations fills this gap by drawing together our current knowledge of the biology, population structure and ecology of herding populations. It investigates how pastoral populations adapt to limited and variable food availability, the implications of the herding way of life for reproductive patterns, population structure and genetic diversity and the impacts of ongoing social and ecological changes on the health and well-being of these populations. This volume will be of broad interest to scholars in anthropology, human biology, genetics and demography.

From the hardback review: '... this volume of high quality papers will be of most interest and reward to the specialists in nomadic pastoral societies who already have a lot of factual knowledge about these societies.' The Agricultural History Review From the hardback review: '... this is the fullest coverage, to my knowledge, of the human biology of pastoralists ... this is a very interesting and unique overview of issues pertaining to human biology among pastoralists, and covers a wide range of themes and geographical areas ... it does add considerable breadth to our understanding of the dynamics of contemporary pastoralist populations.' Annals of Human Biology

List of contributorsp. ix
The biological diversity of herding populations: an introductionp. 1
Genetic structure of pastoral populations of Siberia: the Evenki of central Siberia and the Kizhi of Gorno Altaip. 10
Genetic structure of the Basque herders of northern Spainp. 50
History, demography, marital patterns and immigration rate in the South Sinai Bedouins: their effect on the coefficient of inbreeding (F)p. 64
Uncertain disaster: environmental instability, colonial policy, and the resilience of East African pastoral systemsp. 99
Changing pattern of Tibetan nomadic pastoralismp. 131
Human biology, health and ecology of nomadic Turkana pastoralistsp. 151
Economic stratification and health among the Herero of Botswanap. 183
Ecology, health and lifestyle change among the Evenki herders of Siberiap. 206
Disease patterns in Sami and Finnish populations: an updatep. 236
Yomut family organization and demographyp. 251
Pastoralism and the evolution of lactase persistencep. 280
Indexp. 308
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ISBN: 9780521780162
ISBN-10: 0521780160
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 7th March 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.67