Simulating Human Origins and Evolution (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 14, 2005 - Social Science - 241 pages
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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 2005 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.
  

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Contents

Overview
17
Simulation design
26
Running the simulation
42
Simulating diversity
56
Simulating migration
84
Discussion
118
Overview
133
Simulation design
151
Simulating a single population
162
Simulating multiple populations
186
Adding genetics to the genealogy
201
Discussion
220
References
231
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