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Comparative Approach in Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology

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ISBN-10: 0226608999

ISBN-13: 9780226608990

Edition: 2011

Authors: Charles L. Nunn

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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 inferences about the evolution of traits and therefore has long been the cornerstone of efforts to understand biological and cultural diversity. Individual studies of fossilized remains, living species, or human populations are the essential units of analysis in a comparative study;…    
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Book details

List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 0.61" wide x 0.89" long x 0.09" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

� Charles L. Nunn is associate professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He is coeditor of Evolution of Sleep: Phylogenetic and Functional Perspectives and coauthor of Infectious Diseases in Primates: Behavior, Ecology and Evolution. ��

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