Evolution of Human Behavior

ISBN-10: 0195333586

ISBN-13: 9780195333589

Edition: 2009

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Description: Designed for upper level anthropology courses in the evolution of human behavior (often cross-listed in psychology), this book presents an overview of the current discourse on how and why humans became human behaviorally. This is the first book to provide an anthropological perspective andfocused synthetic review of the major hypotheses for human behavioral evolution, including human behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology, memetics, and gene-culture co-evolution. Nowhere in print (in either book or article form) are the various hypotheses for human behavior, from acrossparadigms, assembled and compared. Along the way, Fuentes looks at basic assumptions about why humans behave as they do, the facts of human evolution, patterns of evolutionary change in a global environmental-temporal context, and the interconnected roles of conflict and cooperation in the human history of predation, manipulation,foraging, and raising young.

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List price: $65.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Agust�n Fuentes completed a B.A. in Zoology and Anthropology, and an M.A.& Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research and teaching interests include the evolution of social complexity in human and primate societies, conflict negotiation across primates, including humans, and reproductive behavior and ecology. He is also interested in issues of human-nonhuman primate interactions, disease and pathogen transfer. Fuentes’ recent work includes publications such as “It’s Not All Sex and Violence: Integrated Anthropology and the Role of Cooperation and Social Complexity in Human Evolution” in the American Anthropologist, “Re-visiting conflict resolution: Is there a role for emphasizing negotiation and cooperation instead of conflict and reconciliation?” in R. Sussman and A. Chapman Eds., The Origins and Nature of Sociality Aldine de Gruyter, Pub. He has published two edited volumes and is currently in the process of finishing three other texts. His current research projects include assessing behavior and disease transmission in human-monkey interactions in Asia and Gibraltar and examining the roles of cooperation, social negotiation, and patterns of niche construction in human evolution.

Preface
The Relevance of Understanding Human Behavioral Evolution
Theories and Hypotheses about Behavioral Evolution: Why Are They Relevant?
Evolution Is Frequently Misunderstood
We Need to Understand Who We Are
Practical Issues such as Medicine and Public Health Can Benefit from an Understanding of Behavioral Evolution
Misunderstanding Human Behavioral Evolution Can Result in Potentially Dangerous Ideas
A Simple Example of Behavioral Evolution
Mutation
Gene Flow
Genetic Drift
Selection
Development
Why Give This Example?
Why We Behave Like Humans: Historical Perspectives and Basal Assumptions
Charles Darwin and the Descent of Man
Alfred Russel Wallace and the Evolution of the Mind
Between Darwin and Sociobiology
Spencer, Baldwin, and Morgan: Biology, Psychology, and the Behavioral Evolution of the Human Mind
The Modern Synthesis
Washburns' New Physical Anthropology, and the Emergence of an Evolutionary Anthropology of Behavior
Tinbergen's Four Questions and Their Impact on the Understanding of Behavior
The Revolution of Sociobiology, Kin Selection, and Selfish Genes: The New Synthesis
Hamilton and Kin Selection
Robert Trivers and Reciprocal Altruism
E.O. Wilson, Evolutionary Sociobiology and the Autocatalysis Model
Dawkins and the Selfish Gene
Suggested Readings
Modern Perspectives for Understanding Human Behavioral Evolution: A Review of Basic Assumptions, Structures, and Practice
Human Behavioral Ecology
Basic Overview of HBE
Evolutionary Psychology
The Adapted Mind
Goals and Methods
Contrast with SSSM Specific Approach
Gene-Culture Coevolution (or Dual Inheritance Theory)
Memetics
Summing Up
Suggested Readings
Basic Bones and Stones: What Do We Know About the Record of Human Evolution (as of 2008)?
Comparative Primatology Establishes a Baseline for Human Behavior
Very Brief Summary of Human Fossil Record (
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