2nd Edition

Human Biological Diversity

By Daniel E. Brown Copyright 2020
    484 Pages 146 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    484 Pages 146 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Human Biological Diversity is an introductory textbook designed to cover the key contemporary topics in the study of human variation and human biology within the field of physical anthropology.

    Easily accessible for students with no background in anthropology or biology, this second edition includes two new chapters, one on human variation in the skeleton and dentition and the other on tracing human population affinities. All other chapters have been fully updated to reflect advances in the field and now include pedagogical features to aid readers in their understanding.

    Written for an introductory level but still containing valuable information that will be of interest to students on upper-level courses, Brown’s textbook should be essential reading for all students taking courses on human variation, human biology, human evolution, race, anthropology of race, and general introductions to biological/physical anthropology.

    1. Introduction

    2. Concepts of Evaluation and Genetics

    3. Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Human Genetics

    4. Macroevolution and Taxonomy

    5. 'Race' and Human Variation in Physical Traits

    6. Human Variation in the Skeleton and Dentition

    7. Simple Genetic Traits in Human Populations

    8. Tracing Human Population Affinities

    9. Demography: Populations, Reproduction, and Mortality

    10. Life Span: Growth and Development

    11. Life Span: Aging and Senescence

    12. Human Adaptability to Physical Stressors

    13. Human Adaptability to Biological Stressors

    14. Human Biology in the Modern World

    15. Human Biological Variation: A Look to the Future and Some Final Thoughts on Ethics


    Daniel E. Brown is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i Hilo, USA.