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Human Biogeography

Alexander Harcourt


Why are we what we are, where we are? Part 1. When and how did humankind spread across the world from our evolutionary origins in Africa? How do we know the answers? Did climate affect our evolution and distribution? Do geographic and cultural barriers affect our distribution even now? Part 2. How did or does the environment influence our biology and the distribution of cultures? In respect of both anatomical and physiological adaptations to the environment, and also the distribution of cultures, what we see in humans is extraordinarily similar to what we see in other animals. Animals and peop ... More

Keywords: anthropology, biogeography, climate, culture, diversity, environment, extinction, humans, origins

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520272118
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272118.001.0001


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1 Biogeography and Humans

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Part one Why and How are We Where We Are?

2 Origins and Dispersal

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4 Barriers to Movement

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Part Two Environmental Influences on Human Nature, Diversity, and Numbers

6 Use of Area

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Part Three Interaction Among Cultures and Species

8 We Affect Our Biogeography

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