Sexual Selection And the Descent of Man: The Darwinian Pivot (Google eBook)

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Bernard Grant Campbell
Transaction Publishers - Science - 378 pages
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Just over one hundred and thirty years ago Charles Darwin, in The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871), developed remarkably accurate conclusions about man's ancestry, based on a review of general comparative anatomy and psychology in which he regarded sexual selection as a necessary part of the evolutionary process. But the attention of biologists turned to the more general concept of natural selection, in which sexual selection plays a complex role that has been little understood. This volume significantly broadens the scope of modern evolutionary biology by looking at this important and long neglected concept of great importance.

In this book, which is the first full discussion of sexual selection since 1871, leading biologists bring modern genetic theory and behavior observation to bear on the subject. The distinguished authors consider many aspects of sexual selection in many species, including man, within the context of contemporary evolutionary theory and research. The result is a remarkably original and well-rounded view of the whole concept that will be invaluable especially to students of evolution and human sexual behavior. The lucid authority of the contributors and the importance of the topic will interest all who share in man's perennial fascination with his own history.

The book will be of central importance to a wide variety of professionals, including biologists, anthropologists, and geneticists. It will be an invaluable supplementary text for courses in vertebrate biology, theory of evolution, genetics, and physical anthropology. It is especially important with the emergence of alternative explanations of human development, under the rubric of creationism and doctrines of intelligent design.

Bernard G. Campbell is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Born in Weybridge, England, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1957, and has been a lecturer in anthropology at Cambridge and Harvard Universities. Among his many contributions to the field of anthropology is Human Evolution: An Introduction to Man's Adaptations.

  

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Contents

The Intellectual Antecedents of The Descent of Man
2
The Evolutionary Concept of Man
18
Man for All Seasons
41
Genetics and the Races of Man
60
Sexual Selection and Natural Selection
88
Genetics and Sexual Selection
106
Parental Investment and Sexual Selection
137
Sexual Selection and Dimorphism in Birds
181
Sexual Selection Dimorphism and Social Organization in the Primates
232
Alliance and Constraint Sexual Selection in the Evolution of Human Kinship Systems
283
Sexual Selection in Human Evolution
333
Index
358
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