Human Genetics pp 512-542 | Cite as

Human Evolution

  • Friedrich Vogel
  • Arno G. Motulsky


Population Genetics Helps to Understand Evolution. The concepts developed in population genetics and the examples from human genetics will help in understanding human evolution and the resulting genetic differences between humans and other mammals and especially between our closet relatives, the great apes. These concepts will also improve our understanding of genetic variability within and between present-day human populations. We shall discuss the evidence in three parts: In the very short introductory section, we shall sketch the evidence on human evolution from paleonthropology. This survey will lead us to a more elaborate discussion of the genetic mechanisms of human evolution. Finally, we shall discuss the genetic variability between present-day human population groups in the light of the genetic evidence.


Human Evolution Centric Fusion Human Species Amino Acid Replacement Lactase Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedrich Vogel
    • 1
  • Arno G. Motulsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Anthropologie und HumangenetikHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Division of Medical GeneticsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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