Human Biogeography

Alexander Harcourt

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Naturwissenschaften, Medizin, Informatik, Technik / Geografie

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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.

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primates and apes, beginning of mankind, human cultures, evolution of mankind, human population, human anatomy, human origins, biology and anthropology, human species, ecology experts, human primate, climate change, earth and humans, physical anthropology, evolution of man, human distribution, evolution, geography, human evolution, human diversity, human interaction, earth sciences, anthropology books, cultural diversity, evolutionary anthropologist, biology and geography, human physiology, population density