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Simulating Human Origins and Evolution

Simulating Human Origins and Evolution

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  • Author: K. P. Wessen, University of Western Australia, Perth
  • Date Published: May 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521843997

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  • The development of populations over time, and, on longer timescales, the evolution of species, are both influenced by a complex of interacting, underlying processes. Computer simulation provides a means of experimenting within an idealised framework to allow aspects of these processes and their interactions to be isolated, controlled, and understood. In this book, computer simulation is used to model migration, extinction, fossilisation, interbreeding, selection and non-hereditary effects in the context of human populations and the observed distribution of fossil and current hominoid species. The simulations described enable the visualisation and study of lineages, genetic diversity in populations, character diversity across species and the accuracy of reconstructions, allowing insights into human evolution and the origins of humankind for graduate students and researchers in the fields of physical anthropology, human evolution, and human genetics.

    • Author is well known in the field, and his research has attracted a lot of attention
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    "Wesson's book may help jump-start new work by researchers whose interests span the multiple levels on which natural selection acts to modfiy population persistence." - The Quarterly Review of Biology, Rebecca L. Cann, University of Hawaii

    "Wessen's simulation of human evolution will be a useful reference for phylogenetic systematicists, human geneticists, physical anthropologists and primatologists, and paleoarchaeologists who want to think deeply about both the power and limits of reconstructing human history from currently available data and with contemporary tools.
    John R. Jungck, BioScience

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521843997
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Simulating Species:
    2. Overview
    3. Simulation design
    4. Running the simulation
    5. Simulating diversity
    6. Simulating migration
    7. Discussion
    Part II. Simulating Genealogies:
    8. Overview
    9. Simulation design
    10. Simulating a single population
    11. Simulating multiple populations
    12. Adding genetics to the genealogy
    13. Discussion
    Part III. Bibliography and Index.

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