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Patterns of Human Growth

Patterns of Human Growth

2nd Edition

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Date Published: June 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521564380

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  • This new, completely revised and updated edition provides a synthesis of the forces that shaped the evolution of the human growth pattern, the biocultural factors that direct its expression, the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that regulate individual development, and the biomathematical approaches that are needed to analyze and interpret human growth. After covering the history, philosophy, and basic biological principles of human development, the book turns to the evolution of the human life cycle. Later chapters explore the physiological, environmental, and cultural reasons for population variation in growth, and the genetic and endocrine factors that regulate individual development, providing a comprehensive explanation for the functional and adaptive significance of human growth patterns. The final chapter integrates all this information into a truly interactive biocultural model of human development.

    • A rare introductory book on human growth with a biological, anthropological and evolutionary focus
    • Clearly written, all technical terms highlighted and defined in text, making the book accessible to undergraduate students with a first year course in basic biology
    • Strong emphasis on the evolution of patterns of growth, and evolution of life history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    From reviews of the first edition...

    "The appealing aspect of this treatise on human growth is the attention given to evolutionary issues." Virginia C. Maiorana, Evolutionary Theory

    "...perhaps the first genuinely anthropological text on human growth. Written from an evolutionary point of view, the book attempts to place human growth into an ecological and phylogenetic context...a provocative book, bringing an anthropological perspective to a field long practiced by anthropologists." Rebecca Huss-Ashmore, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521564380
    • length: 472 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 95 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. Background to the study of human growth
    2. Basic principles of human growth
    3. The evolution of human growth
    4. Evolution of the human life cycle
    5. Growth variation in living human populations
    6. Environmental factors influencing growth
    7. Genetic and endocrine regulation of human growth
    8. A biocultural view of human growth
    Glossary
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Barry Bogin, University of Michigan, Dearborn

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