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.
Table of Contents
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.