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Human Evolutionary Genetics

Mark Jobling, Edward Hollox, Toomas Kivisild, Chris Tyler-Smith
Publication Date:
June 25, 2013
Content Details:
650 pages | 357 illustrations

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Now in full-color, the Second Edition of Human Evolutionary Genetics has been completely revised to cover the rapid advances in the field since publication of the highly regarded First Edition. Written for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, it is the only textbook to integrate genetic, archaeological, and linguistic perspectives on human evolution, and to offer a genomic perspective, reflecting the shift from studies of specific regions of the genome towards comprehensive genomewide analyses of human genetic diversity.

    Human Evolutionary Genetics is suitable for courses in Genetics, Evolution, and Anthropology. Those readers with a background in anthropology will find that the streamlined genetic analysis material contained in the Second Edition is more accessible. The new edition also integrates new technologies (including next-generation sequencing and genome-wide SNP typing) and new data analysis methods, including recent data on ancient genomes and their impact on our understanding of human evolution. The book also examines the subject of personal genomics and its implications.


      • Two new authors contributing additional expertise in genome variation, infectious disease, primatology and anthropology.
      • Now with a new layout and in full-color throughout, making the text and figures easier to read.
      • Two additional chapters, reflecting developments in understanding the human genome in the context of other hominid and great ape genomes, and in complex disease.
      • The guest-authored ‘Opinion Boxes’ are retained, with completely new boxes and guest authors to reflect current issues and controversies.
      • Each chapter ends with in-depth questions that are suitable for use as homework assignments or exam questions.
      • Comprehensive glossary of over 1,300 terms, doubling the terms in the first edition.


      "I strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in human evolutionary genetics or anthropological genetics. It would be an ideal choice for advanced undergraduates and graduate courses on this topic, and would also be a key reference for those active in such research." - Human Genomics

      "This is an absolutely superb book! I have been recommending it enthusiastically to professional colleagues, graduate students, and even the occasional highly motivated undergraduate student, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only is the book unique in terms of topical coverage, but it is also extremely well executed. In fact, it is one of the best textbooks on any subject I have ever read. It belongs on the shelves of everyone interested in the genetic aspects of human evolution. There is also much of value in it for paleoanthropologists, historical linguistics, archaeologists, and human biologists (biological anthropologists), as well as for geneticists with various complementary specialties and interests." - American Journal of Human Genetics

      "I strongly recommend Human Evolutionary Genetics as an undergraduate textbook. At the same time, I recommend this book to any readers with an interest in human evolution or human genetics." - Human Genetics

      "In all honesty, there are few comparable textbooks on this subject, and this edition of Human Evolutionary Genetics really raises the bar. I wholeheartedly recommend this volume, and anticipate building a course around it in my own teaching." - The Quarterly Review of Biology

      "This is a very valuable, stimulating and challenging book for students, who will benefit from having had a previous grounding in basic biology, chemistry and statistics. For teachers this will also be valuable as a comprehensive review for courses in several aspects of human evolutionary genetics and as a teach?ing aid."- Journal of Biological Education

      "My thanks to the authors for updating an already outstanding book; you have outdone yourselves! Buy this book." - American Journal of Human Biology

      "Human Evolutionary Genetics is a highly recommended textbook that helps readers understand differences in the human genome and how evolution has affected development of the genome and acquired diversity....This book is very well laid out for those who want to introduce themselves to the concepts of evolution and genetics and is a good read for advanced undergraduates and graduates, as well as geneticists, human biologists, anthropologists, and others." - Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

  • Contents

    1. An Introduction to Human Evolutionary Genetics
    Section I: How Do We Study Genetic Variation?
    2. Organization and Inheritance of the Human Genome
    3. Human Genome Variation
    4. Finding and Assaying Genome Diversity
    Section II: How Do We Interpret Genetic Variation?
    5. Processes Shaping Diversity
    6. Making Inferences from Diversity
    Section III: Where and When Did Humans Originate?
    7. Humans as Apes
    8. What Genetic Changes Have Made Us Human?
    9. Origins of Modern Humans
    Section IV: How Did Humans Colonize the World?
    10. The Distribution of Diversity
    11. The Colonization of the Old World And Australia
    12. Agricultural Expansions
    13. Into New Found Lands
    14. What Happens When Populations Meet?
    Section V: How Is An Evolutionary Perspective Helpful?
    15. Understanding the Past, Present and Future of Phenotypic Variation
    16. Evolutionary Insights into Simple Genetic Diseases
    17. Evolution and Complex Diseases
    18. Identity and Identification

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    For the following resources, verified instructors can visit the resource page for Human Evolutionary Genetics, Second Edition.

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