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Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution - 92 edition

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution - 92 edition

ISBN13: 9780521467865

ISBN10: 0521467861

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution by Steve Jones, Robert Martin and David Pilbeam - ISBN 9780521467865
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 92
Copyright: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published:
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Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution by Steve Jones, Robert Martin and David Pilbeam - ISBN 9780521467865

ISBN13: 9780521467865

ISBN10: 0521467861

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 92

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Summary

Now in paperback, this encyclopedia is a refreshing introduction to the human species that places modern humans squarely in evolutionary perspective and treats evolution 'itself' as a continuing genetic process in which every one of us is involved. Over seventy scholars worldwide have collaborated on the Encyclopedia, which is divided into ten main sections. The coverage ranges widely from genetics, primatology and fossil origins to human biology and ecology, brain function and behavior, and demography and disease. Emphasis is placed throughout on the biological diversity of modern people and the increasing convergence of the fossil and genetic evidence for human evolution that has emerged in recent years. Boxes highlighting key issues and techniques are provided throughout the text, and there are numerous maps, photographs, diagrams, and ready-reference tables--all the reader needs in a single volume to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of how humankind has developed and how scientists set about investigating the origin of our species.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Patterns of primate evolution
The life of primates
The brain and language
Primate social organisation
Human evolution in a geological context
The primate fossil record
Primate genetics and evolution
Genetic clues of relatedness
Early human behaviour and ecology
Human populations, past and present
Conclusion: The evolutionary future of humankind