Download PDF by Clark Spencer Larsen: A Companion to Biological Anthropology (Blackwell Companions

By Clark Spencer Larsen

ISBN-10: 1405189002

ISBN-13: 9781405189002

An intensive evaluation of the speedily turning out to be box of organic anthropology; chapters are written by way of top students who've themselves performed an incredible function in shaping the path and scope of the self-discipline. <ul type="disc"> * huge assessment of the speedily becoming box of organic anthropology * Larsen has created a who’s who of organic anthropology,   with contributions from the major professionals within the box * Contributing authors have performed an incredible function in shaping the course and scope of the themes they write approximately * deals discussions of present concerns, controversies, and destiny instructions in the quarter * provides insurance of the numerous fresh suggestions and discoveries which are remodeling the topic

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Humans, like primates generally, are omnivorous and have nutritional requirements that are derived from a wide range of foods, including fruits and vegetables. Humans have adopted a remarkable variety of technologies and means of acquiring and processing food that provide the necessary nutritional requirements. Although humans share common nutritional needs and capacities, there is nonetheless an astonishing diversity in the foods we eat. This diversity suggests that human dietary adaptations have emerged rapidly, and many of them in the recent past.

NOTE ON THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK I have long felt that the understanding of the biology of the past – derived largely from the fossil record – is informed by an understanding of the biology of the present. Indeed the founders of evolutionary theory in the nineteenth century had little fossil record from which to reconstruct and interpret biological change, and their ideas were derived from the study of living variation. Therefore, much of the book is organized along the line that studying the present can inform our understanding of the past.

Documented from the site of Herto (Ethiopia), this early modern anatomy was present at least 160,000 years ago. The record – both fossil and molecular – shows that these humans left Africa and migrated to Asia, then to Europe. By the very late Pleistocene, these early specimens of the modern Homo sapiens occupied a new frontier. Some authorities believe there was as complete replacement of the indigenous Neandertals by these newcomers, whereas others regard the phenomenon as an example of migration and gene flow, a kind of multiregional rise of modern humans.

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