Human Biological Variation, 2nd Edition

ISBN-13: 9780195387407

ISBN-10: 0195387406

Author: John H. Relethford, James H. Mielke, Lyle W. Konigsberg

Edition: 2

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Oxford University Press
Paperback 464 pages
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Acknowledged author John H. Relethford wrote Human Biological Variation, 2nd Edition comprising 464 pages back in 2010. Textbook and etextbook are published under ISBN 0195387406 and 9780195387407. Since then Human Biological Variation, 2nd Edition textbook received total rating of 3.5 stars and was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $22.44 or rent at the marketplace.


Authoritative yet accessible, Human Biological Variation, Second Edition, opens with an engaging introduction to basic genetics and the evolutionary forces that set the stage for understanding human diversity. It goes on to offer a clear and detailed discussion of molecular genetics, including its uses and its relationship to anthropological and evolutionary models. The text features up-to-date discussions of classic genetic markers (blood groups, enzymes, and proteins) along with extensive background on DNA analysis and coverage of satellite DNA, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), and Alu inserts. It covers such current issues as the meaning and significance of "race," quantitative genetics and the "nature versus nurture" debates, biocultural interactions, population structure, and cultural and historical influences on patterns of human variation. Discussing the use of probability and statistics in studying human variation and adaptation in a lucid and approachable way, the book provides clearly explained math that is kept to the level of basic algebra.

Integrating real-world examples on interesting topics--including genetic testing, lactose intolerance, dyslexia, IQ, and homosexuality--the second edition of Human Biological Variation provides the most thorough and contemporary view of our biological diversity.