Current Developments in Anthropological Genetics

Ecology and Population Structure

  • Michael H. Crawford
  • James H. Mielke

Part of the Advances in Human Genetics book series (volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. D. H. O’Rourke, V. Bach Enciso
    Pages 1-28
  3. Henry Harpending, LuAnn Wandsnider
    Pages 29-50
  4. Michael H. Crawford, Victoria Bach Enciso
    Pages 51-91
  5. Eric Sunderland
    Pages 125-137
  6. Alan Fix
    Pages 179-204
  7. Robert R. Sokal, Jonathan Friedlaender
    Pages 205-227
  8. J. H. Mielke, E. J. Devor, P. L. Kramer, P. L. Workman, A. W. Eriksson
    Pages 255-332
  9. L. B. Jorde, P. L. Workman, A. W. Eriksson
    Pages 333-365
  10. Francis C. Lees, John H. Relethford
    Pages 385-428
  11. William S. Pollitzer
    Pages 507-520
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 521-525

About this book


This volume examines the interrelationship of ecology, subsistence pat­ terns, and the observed genetic variation in human populations. Hence, the book is divided conceptually into the following categories: nonhuman primates, hunters and gatherers, nomads, swidden agriculturalists, peas­ ant farmers, religious isolates, and modern and urban aggregates. While many of these populations have experienced (and are experiencing) ac­ culturation as a result of contact with technologically more advanced groups, the genetic structures described in this volume attempt to recon­ struct the traditional patterns as well as genetic changes because of con­ tact. Most chapters also integrate biological (genetic), social, and de­ mographic data within an ecological frame thus presenting a holistic view of the population structures of ecologically distinct groups. The first chapter examines the body of early nonhuman primate lit­ erature that emphasized ecological determinism in effecting the popula­ tion structure of our primate ancestors-relatives. It also examines more recent literature (since 1970) in which it became apparent that greater flexibility exists in primate social structure within specific environmental frameworks. Thus, it appears that our nonhuman primate evolutionary heritage is not one of ecological determinism in social organization but one of flexibility and rapid change suggesting the evolutionary success of our species is based upon a system of flexibility and that social ad­ aptations can be accomplished in a number of diverse ways.


Allele Mutation agriculture development ecology environment enzymes evolution fertility forest genes genetic research genetics mutant protein

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael H. Crawford
    • 1
  • James H. Mielke
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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