Applied Evolutionary Anthropology

Darwinian Approaches to Contemporary World Issues

  • Mhairi A. Gibson
  • David W. Lawson

Part of the Advances in the Evolutionary Analysis of Human Behaviour book series (AEAHB, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mhairi A. Gibson, David W. Lawson
    Pages 1-11
  3. Development Intervention

  4. Family Structure & Reproduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Mary K. Shenk, Mary C. Towner, Kathrine Starkweather, Curtis J. Atkisson, Nurul Alam
      Pages 141-173
  5. Cooperation & Conflict

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Joanna J. Bryson, James Mitchell, Simon T. Powers, Karolina Sylwester
      Pages 201-222
  6. Health & Diet Behaviours

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Robert Aunger, Valerie Curtis
      Pages 271-295
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 297-299

About this book


As a species, we are currently experiencing dramatic shifts in our lifestyle, family structure, health, and global contact. Evolutionary Anthropology provides a powerful theoretical framework to study such changes, revealing how current environments and legacies of past selection shape human diversity. This book is the first major review of the emerging field of Applied Evolutionary Anthropology bringing together the work of an international group of evolutionary scientists, addressing many of the major public health and social issues of this century. Through a series of case studies that span both rural and urban situations in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, each chapter addresses topics such as natural resource management, health service delivery, population growth and the emergence of new family structures, dietary, and co-operative behaviours. The research presented identifies the great, largely untapped, potential that Applied Evolutionary Anthropology holds to guide the design, implementation and evaluation of effective social and public health policy. This book will be of interest to policy-makers and applied researchers, along with academics and students across the biological and social sciences.


applied evolutionary anthropology behavioral ecology and evolution evolutionary biology and public policy new reproductive strategies paleodiets and the modern world social networks and health policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Mhairi A. Gibson
    • 1
  • David W. Lawson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Bristol Archaeology and AnthropologyBristolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Population HealthLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondonUnited Kingdom

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