Principles of Space Anthropology

Establishing a Science of Human Space Settlement

  • Cameron M.┬áSmith

Part of the Space and Society book series (SPSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Cameron M. Smith
    Pages 1-37
  3. Cameron M. Smith
    Pages 39-91
  4. Cameron M. Smith
    Pages 93-153
  5. Cameron M. Smith
    Pages 155-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 357-364

About this book


This book shows how anthropology can provide an innovative perspective on the human movement into space. It examines adaptation to space on timescales of generations, rather than merely months or years, and uses evolutionary adaptation as a guiding theme. Employing the lessons of evolutionary adaptation, Principles of Extraterrestrial Anthropology recommends evolutionarily-sound strategies of space settlement, covering genetics at the organismal and population levels. The author organizes the concept of cultural adaptation to environments beyond Earth according to observed patterns in human adaptation on Earth. He uses original artwork and tables to help convey complex information in a form accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. Though primarily written to engage students interested in space settlement and exploration, who will eventually build a full anthropology of space settlement, Principles of Extraterrestrial Anthropology is engaging to anthropologists across sub-disciplines, as well as scholars interested in the human dimensions of space exploration and settlement. Just as the term exobiology was invented only a few decades ago to shape the field of space life studies, exoanthropology is outlined to assist in the perpetuation of Earth life through human space settlement.


Cultural Evolution Exoanthropology Extraterrestrial Anthropology Extraterrestrial Hominin Genetics Extraterrestrial Human Evolution Human Evolution in Space Human Space Colonization Introduction to Exoanthropology

Authors and affiliations

  • Cameron M.┬áSmith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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