Human Evolutionary Biology

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Michael P. Muehlenbein
Cambridge University Press, Jul 29, 2010 - Science - 624 pages
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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.

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Theory and Methods
Evolutionary Theory
The Study of Human Adaptation
History of the Study of Human Biology
Genetics in Human Biology
Mate Choice the Major Histocompatibility Complex and Offspring Viability
Why Women Differ in Ovarian Function Genetic Polymorphism Developmental Conditions and Adult Lifestyle
Pregnancy and Lactation
Male Reproduction Physiology Behavior and Ecology
Growth and Development
Evolution of Human Growth
Variation in Human Growth Patterns due to Environmental Factors
Evolutionary Biology of Hormonal Responses to Social Challenges in the Human Child

History Methods and General Applications of Anthropometry in Human Biology
Energy Expenditure and Body Composition History Methods and Interrelationships
Evolutionary Endocrinology
Ethical Considerations for Human Biology Research
Phenotypic and Genotypic Variation
Body Size and Shape Climatic and Nutritional Influences on Human Body Morphology
Human Adaptation to High Altitude
Skin Coloration
Classic Markers of Human Variation
DNA Markers of Human Variation
Ten Facts about Human Variation
The Evolution and Endocrinology of Human Behavior a Focus on Sex Differences and Reproduction
Human Mate Choice
Human Biology Energetics and the Human Brain
Embodied Capital and Extrasomatic Wealth in Human Evolution and Human History
Health and Disease
Evolutionary Medicine Immunity and Infectious Disease
Complex Chronic Diseases in Evolutionary Perspective
Evolutionary Medicine and the Causes of Chronic Disease
Beyond FeastFamine Brain Evolution Human Life History and the Metabolic Syndrome
Human Longevity and Senescence
Evolutionary Psychiatry Mental Disorders and Behavioral Evolution
Industrial Pollutants and Human Evolution
Acculturation and Health

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

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