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Human Biogeography [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Harcourt
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Book Description

In this innovative, wide-ranging synthesis of anthropology and biogeography, Alexander Harcourt tells how and why our species came to be distributed around the world. He explains our current understanding of human origins, tells how climate determined our spread, and describes the barriers that delayed and directed migrating peoples. He explores the rich and complex ways in which our anatomy, physiology, cultural diversity, and population density vary from region to region in the areas we inhabit. The book closes with chapters on how human cultures have affected each other’s geographic distributions, how non-human species have influenced human distribution, and how humans have reduced the ranges of many other species while increasing the ranges of others. Throughout, Harcourt compares what we understand of human biogeography to non-human primate biogeography.

Editorial Reviews


“A remarkable achievement.”
(Science (AAAS) 2012-11-07)

“Bridges the gap between biogeography and anthropology. . . . Human Biogeography represents a valuable contribution to a complex science.”
(William E. Banks Qtly Review Of Biology 2013-03-22)

"A splendid achievement. . . . Constitutes an accessible, data-rich assessment of biogeography."
(G. A. Clark American Journal of Anthropology 2013-06-04)

From the Inside Flap

Human Biogeography, is an outstanding publication that serves as an unrivaled synthesis and nexus of two disciplines – human diversity and biogeography.” --Mark Lomolino, co-author of Biogeography

“This is the first book to explain and illustrate what human biogeography is all about. Moreover, Human Biogeography gives us a highly persuasive demonstration that anyone looking for answers about our diversity as a species and our impact on the planet must take biogeography into account. An outstanding work of scholarship supported by an immense depth and breadth of knowledge. ” --John Edward Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology, Field Museum of Natural History

Product Details

  • File Size: 2458 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (April 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X5IMPK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best available over-view of the subject August 7, 2012
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Humans are an extraordinarily diverse species, who have found ways to survive almost everywhere on earth, contributing to the conceit that humans have "conquered" the planet. Harcourt, an evolutionary anthropologist and expert on the ecology and behavior of the other apes, brings an unusually broad perspective and rare insight to his discussions of how geography interacted with and shaped human anatomy, physiology and diversity and how interactions with other species affected us, and we them. This is the best available book on the subject as well a timely cautionary tale.
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This book is well worth reading! I have read a collection of island biogeography books and I'm enjoying this book.
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