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Blue Skies over the Prairie [English / Dutch]

Art / Photobook

By: Philip Friskorn(Author)

128 pages, colour photos

Skylark Productions

Hardback | Jan 2013 | #239658 | ISBN-13: 9789491747007
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £34.99 $46/€40 approx

About this book

Language: Bilingual in English and Dutch

This photographic book results from various forays the author made between 2001 to 2013, initially to Blue Skies Prairie Reserve in Missouri, but also some trips to Dunn Ranch Prairie Reserve, Flint Hills-Konza Prairie Reserve (Kansas), and Wah-Kon-Tah Prairie Reserve. The book showcases the wonderful flora and fauna of this North American prairie landscape.


Part I: How Evolution Works

1. Adaptation by Natural Selection

2. Genetics
A new introduction to the molecular genetics section emphasizing the importance of molecular data in studying human evolution.

3. The Modern Synthesis
Expanded material on genes known to affect beak morphology in Darwin's Finches and provide real examples of genes creating quantitative variation and explanations of how pleitropy causes genetic correlations.

4. Speciation and Phylogeny
New evidence for character displacement from the Grant's study on Daphne Major and new data on gene flow between species from a wide range of taxa from a recent Nature paper by Riesenberg, et al.

Part II: Primate Ecology and Behavior

5. Primate Diversity and Ecology
Important ideas from the previous edition are preserved, but with less distracting detail and more streamlined discussions of primate taxonomy, dietary specialization, territoriality and sociality. New data on evidence for predation in primates.

6. Primate Mating Systems
Expanded treatment of sources of variation in female reproductive success to include effects on female age, longevity, and quality of social bonds. Simplified discussion of sexual selection by eliminating processes not likely to be important in primates and incorporate new data on incest avoidance. New research is cited in the discussion of relationship between male rank and reproductive success.

7. Evolution of Cooperation
Changed the focus of this chapter from `social behavior' to `cooperation' for more focused analysis. Integrated parent-offspring conflict into the discussion of kin selection and add new material on cooperative breeding primates, including fascinating data on the effect of chimeric individuals in marmosets and tamarins.

8. Primate Life Histories and the Evolution of Intelligence
New evidence of a link between ecology, life history, and brain size in orangutans and additional examples of primates `knowledge of others' minds.

Part III: The History of the Human Lineage

9. From Tree Shrew to Ape

10. From Hominoid to Hominin
A chronological account of hominin species (rather than in the order in which they were discovered) and new information about A. kadabba.

11. Oldowan Toolmakers and the Origin of Human Life History

12. From Hominin to Homo
New information about diversity in size, morphology and life-styles of H. ergaster in Africa and Europe, including a new description of H. ergaster from Ileret. New take on evidence for use of fire and cooking and on postcranial material from Dmanisi.

13. Homo sapiens and the Evolution of Modern Human Behavior
A new discussion of genetic differences between humans and other primates based on new evidence from sequencing of both genomes. Completely revised and updated section on genetic evidence for a recent African expansion, including information from autosomal genes and geographic patterns of genetic diversity.

Part IV: Evolution and Modern Humans

14. Human Genetic Variation
Updated discussion of FOXP2 and the evolution of lactose tolerance, including information on independent evolution of lactose in East Africa. New evidence about selection and genetic diversity drawn from genome sequence data including a detailed explanation of how selection is detected from patterns of linkage disequilibrium.

Chapter 15: Evolution and Human Behavior

Chapter 16: Human Mate Choice and Parenting

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