- Series: Foundations of Human Behavior
- Paperback: 581 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 31, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0202020371
- ISBN-13: 978-0202020372
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ache Life History: The Ecology and Demography of a Foraging People (Foundations of Human Behavior) 1st Edition
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Very readable, with a background in demography.
A book that is becoming a classic and should be used more in grad and undergrad classes for teaching bio anth/demography and human life's history theory.
My only issues are that the authors are a bit too convinced these people are living in a "natural" environment for humans, in a contemporary environment... it's a debatable subject that continues to be addressed in anthropology.