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The comparative approach in evolutionary anthropology and biology

Author: Charles L Nunn
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011.
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Comparison is fundamental to evolutionary anthropology. When scientists study chimpanzee cognition, for example, they compare chimp performance on cognitive tasks to the performance of human children on the same tasks. And when new fossils are found, such as those of the tiny humans of Flores, scientists compare these remains to other fossils and contemporary humans. Comparison provides a way to draw general  Read more...
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Nunn, Charles L.
Comparative approach in evolutionary anthropology and biology.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011
(DLC) 2010052466
(OCoLC)693750978
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles L Nunn
ISBN: 9780226090009 0226090000 1283317036 9781283317030
OCLC Number: 761213323
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 380 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The importance of comparison --
Basic phylogenetic concepts and "tree thinking" --
Reconstructing ancestral states for discrete traits --
Reconstructing ancestral states for quantitative traits --
Modeling evolutionary change --
Correlated evolution and testing adaptive hypotheses --
Comparative methods to detect correlated evolutionary change --
Using trees to study biological and cultural diversification --
Size, allometry, and phylogeny --
Human cultural traits and linguistic evolution --
Behavior, ecology, and conservation of biological and cultural diversity --
Investigating evolutionary singularities --
Developing a comparative database and targeting future data collection --
Conclusions and future directions.
Responsibility: Charles L. Nunn.

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Comparison is fundamental to evolutionary anthropology. This book provides an investigation of the comparative foundations of evolutionary anthropology in research, including studies of animal  Read more...

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"A very impressive volume. I found myself again and again wanting to revisit many old questions and explore just as many new ones - truly delicious food for thought." (William L. Jungers, Stony Brook Read more...

 
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