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Second Nature: Economic Origins of Human Evolution

By: Haim Ofek

254 pages, 3 b/w photos, 12 figs, 1 tab

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Oct 2001 | #109407 | ISBN: 0521625343
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Hardback | Oct 2001 | #109406 | ISBN: 0521623995
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About this book

Spanning the last 2 million years, the author explores the possible impact of economics on human evolution, prehistory and natural history.

'! the boldness, coherence, and sweep of the book are impressive ! an exhilarating and interesting read that raises powerful questions about how humans got here and how we should be studied.' Science


Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Part I. Bioeconomics: 2. Exchange in human and nonhuman societies; 3. Classical economics and classical Darwinism; 4. Evolutionary implications of division of labour; 5. The feeding ecology; 6. The origins of nepotistic exchange; 7. Baboon speciation versus human specialization; Part II. Paleoeconomics: 8. Departure from the feed-as-you-go strategy; 9. The origins of market exchange; 10. Domestication of fire in relation to market exchange; 11. The Upper Paleolithic and other creative explosions; 12. Transition to agriculture: the limiting factor; 13. Transition to agriculture: the facilitating factor; References; Index.

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Haim Ofek is Professor of Economics at Binghamton University, NY.

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