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Migration and Colonization in Human Microevolution

  • Integrative approach linking causes of migration to genetic consequences
  • Emphasises the importance of microevolutionary population genetic processes for understanding global patterns of human diversification
  • Interprets findings from computer simulation models without blinding reader with mathematics

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 24

By: Alan G Fix(Author)

236 pages, 32 b/w illustrations, 16 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 2005 | #156147 | ISBN: 0521019540
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Hardback | Sep 1999 | #97541 | ISBN: 0521592062
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About this book

Migration and colonization are major forces affecting the frequency, spatial pattern and spread of genes in human populations. Here, Alan Fix reviews theories of migration developed by biologists and social scientists and surveys patterns of migration in a diverse sample of human populations. Using these empirical studies, he evaluates models of migration developed by population geneticists and explores more realistic models using computer simulation. He then shows the relevance of studies of migration as a microevolutionary process to the understanding of longer term global patterns of human diversification, by examining the spread of anatomically modern Homo sapiens, the demic diffusion of agriculture in Europe, and the origins of human diversity in the Malayan Peninsula. By focusing on migration as a process rather than as its genetic consequences, Migration and Colonization in Human Microevolution provides a bridge between biological and social science studies of migration, genetic microevolutionary theory and longer term human evolution.

This is an excellent summary of what geneticists and evolutionary biologists should know about human migration. Quarterly Review of Biology "...major contribution and one of very few significant works on this topical issue in recent decades." Science "The book's treatment of these different appoaches is excellent...As such, the book will serve as a classic reference from which to further research human migration." American Jrnl of Human Biology



1. The study of migration
2. The anthropology of human migration
3. Population genetics models and human migration
4. Computer simulation models
5. Migration and colonization in human evolution
6. Conclusions: an evolutionary framework for the study of migration


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