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Human Evolutionary Biology

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Michael P. Muehlenbein, Douglas J. Futuyma, A. Roberto Frisancho, Michael A. Little, Robert J. Meier, Jennifer A. Raff, James Holland Jones, Noel Cameron, Laura L. Jones, Peter S. W. Davies, Alexia J. Murphy, Richard G. Bribiescas, Trudy R. Turner, William Leonard, Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Tom D. Brutsaert, Nina G. Jablonski, Michael E. Steiper, Jonathan Marks, Peter B. Gray, David P. Schmitt, Claus Wedekind, Guillaume Evanno, Grazyna Jasienska, Ivy L. Pike, Lauren A. Milligan, Barry Bogin, Stanley J. Ulijaszek, Mark V. Flinn, Benjamin C. Campbell, Jane B. Lancaster, Hillard S. Kaplan, S. Boyd Eaton, Paul W. Ewald, Christopher W. Kuzawa, Douglas E. Crews, James A. Stewart, Brant Wenegrat, Lawrence M. Schell, Thomas W. McDade, Colleen H. Nyberg
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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521705103

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  • Wide-ranging and inclusive, this text provides an invaluable review of an expansive selection of topics in human evolution, variation and adaptability for professionals and students in biological anthropology, evolutionary biology, medical sciences and psychology. The chapters are organized around four broad themes, with sections devoted to phenotypic and genetic variation within and between human populations, reproductive physiology and behavior, growth and development, and human health from evolutionary and ecological perspectives. An introductory section provides readers with the historical, theoretical and methodological foundations needed to understand the more complex ideas presented later. Two hundred discussion questions provide starting points for class debate and assignments to test student understanding.

    • 200 discussion questions provide opportunities for assignments or group debates
    • The most inclusive text of its kind, it includes an expansive choice of topics to suit a wide variety of lecture plans
    • An introductory section on theory and methods prepares students for the more complex ideas presented later in the book
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "More than simply a textbook or compilation, this volume is nothing short of a handbook for a young and vigorous branch of biology. Authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date, it will be an essential book for student and expert alike. Muehlenbein and his contributors have defined human evolutionary biology for the next decade."
    Peter T. Ellison, Harvard University

    "The chapters in this volume provide up-to-date coverage of topics important for evolutionary medicine, and not available elsewhere. Beginners will value their clarity, advanced readers will appreciate the differing perspectives and opinions of individual scientists that reflect the complexity and diversity of the field."
    Randolph M. Nesse, The University of Michigan

    "The journey toward our understanding of human evolutionary biology stands at an exciting juncture: Far enough along that a richly detailed, dramatic landscape now surrounds us, and yet not so far that we can envision precisely where paths will take us further. In this extraordinary volume, a lineup of many of the very best experts the field has to offer guides us through the journey taken thus far and characterizes, in both broad strokes and intricate details within their specialties, where we stand. As heartily, our guides offer principled visions of what lies ahead, as well as how our travels might proceed to get there. The result is a timely collection that inspires as much as it impresses—and it impresses mightily. I recommend the volume to students of human evolutionary biology at all levels."
    Steven W. Gangestad, University of New Mexico

    "The editor clearly intends that this will stand as the authoritative desk reference for advanced students and professionals in the field. It may achieve this status for several reasons. The list of contributing authors is a virtual who’s who of the anthropologists interested in the biology of modern people. Each chapter has study questions that may engage students. There is no other such compendium."
    Jeffrey C. Long, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521705103
    • length: 634 pages
    • dimensions: 274 x 218 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.73kg
    • contains: 98 b/w illus. 28 tables 200 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Theory and Methods:
    1. Evolutionary theory Douglas J. Futuyma
    2. The study of human adaptation A. Roberto Frisancho
    3. History of the study of human biology Michael A. Little
    4. Genetics in human biology Robert J. Meier and Jennifer A. Raff
    5. Demography James Holland Jones
    6. History, methods, and general applications of anthropometry in human biology Noel Cameron and Laura L. Jones
    7. Energy expenditure and body composition: history, methods and inter-relationships Peter S. W. Davies and Alexia J. Murphy
    8. Evolutionary endocrinology Richard G. Bribiescas and Michael P. Muehlenbein
    9. Ethical considerations for human biology research Trudy R. Turner
    Commentary: a primer on human subjects applications and informed consents Michael P. Muehlenbein
    Part II. Phenotypic and Genotypic Variation:
    10. Body size and shape: climatic and nutritional influences on human body morphology William Leonard and Peter T. Katzmarzyk
    11. Human adaptation to high altitude Tom D. Brutsaert
    12. Skin coloration Nina G. Jablonski
    13. Classic markers of human variation Robert J. Meier
    14. DNA markers of human variation Michael E. Steiper
    15. Ten facts about human variation Jonathan Marks
    16. The evolution and endocrinology of human behavior: a focus on sex differences and reproduction Peter B. Gray
    Part III. Reproduction:
    17. Human mate choice David P. Schmitt
    18. Mate choice, the major histocompatibility complex, and offspring viability Claus Wedekind and Guillaume Evanno
    19. Why women differ in ovarian function: genetic polymorphism, developmental conditions and adult lifestyle Grazyna Jasienska
    20. Pregnancy and lactation Ivy L. Pike and Lauren A. Milligan
    21. Male reproduction: physiology, behavior and ecology Michael P. Muehlenbein and Richard G. Bribiescas
    Part IV. Growth and Development:
    22. Evolution of human growth Barry Bogin
    23. Variation in human growth patterns due to environmental factors Stanley J. Ulijaszek
    24. Evolutionary biology of hormonal responses to social challenges in the human child Mark V. Flinn
    25. Human biology, energetics and the human brain Benjamin C. Campbell
    26. Embodied capital and extra-somatic wealth in human evolution and human history Jane B. Lancaster and Hillard S. Kaplan
    Part V. Health and Disease:
    27. Evolutionary medicine, immunity and infectious disease Michael P. Muehlenbein
    28. Complex chronic diseases in evolutionary perspective S. Boyd Eaton
    29. Evolutionary medicine and the causes of chronic disease Paul W. Ewald
    30. Beyond feast-famine: brain evolution, human life history and the metabolic syndrome Christopher W. Kuzawa
    31. Human longevity and senescence Douglas E. Crews and James A. Stewart
    32. Evolutionary psychiatry: mental disorders and behavioral evolution Brant Wenegrat
    33. Industrial pollutants and human evolution Lawrence M. Schell
    34. Acculturation and health Thomas W. McDade and Colleen H. Nyberg
    Index.

  • Editor

    Michael P. Muehlenbein, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Michael P. Muehlenbein is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

    Contributors

    Michael P. Muehlenbein, Douglas J. Futuyma, A. Roberto Frisancho, Michael A. Little, Robert J. Meier, Jennifer A. Raff, James Holland Jones, Noel Cameron, Laura L. Jones, Peter S. W. Davies, Alexia J. Murphy, Richard G. Bribiescas, Trudy R. Turner, William Leonard, Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Tom D. Brutsaert, Nina G. Jablonski, Michael E. Steiper, Jonathan Marks, Peter B. Gray, David P. Schmitt, Claus Wedekind, Guillaume Evanno, Grazyna Jasienska, Ivy L. Pike, Lauren A. Milligan, Barry Bogin, Stanley J. Ulijaszek, Mark V. Flinn, Benjamin C. Campbell, Jane B. Lancaster, Hillard S. Kaplan, S. Boyd Eaton, Paul W. Ewald, Christopher W. Kuzawa, Douglas E. Crews, James A. Stewart, Brant Wenegrat, Lawrence M. Schell, Thomas W. McDade, Colleen H. Nyberg

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