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Anthropology Today: Trends and Scope of Human Biology

M. K. BHASIN (University of Delhi, Delhi, India) and
CHARLES SUSANNE (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium)
2010 • Pages: 350 • Size: 180x240 • ISBN 81-85264-52-X • Binding: Hard

PRICE: US $ 60/- Rs.1950/
(Anthropologist Special Issue No. 6)


In general Human Biology is defined in text book as an interdisciplinary academic field ofbiology, biological anthropology, nutrition and medicine which focuses on humans; it is closely related to primate biology, and a number of other fields. Human biology research encompasses (almost similar to biological anthropology):

• Biological variation related to climate and other elements of the natural environment

• Human growth and development

• Biogeography

• Genetic variation across human populations, present and past

• Determinants, across populations, of risk for degenerative disease and infectious disease.

There are twenty research papers in the present Special Volume which covers almost each aspect of Human Biology/ Biological Anthropology. The papers included in this volume are on chance and participant observation of human behaviour: lessons from field work with primates, race terminology, anthropometry (nutritional status by selected measurements

and indices, childhood obesity, nutritional status of preschool children, variability in body composition, adaptation of high altitude dwellers, applications of kinanthropometry and assessment of physique and body composition components of sports persons) and genetics (Twins studies, natural selection and sex in human population, disease Thalassemia, eugenic concept of ancient Indians, human genetic variation, single cell gel electrophoresis/comet assay, population structure and biological and/or genetic composition of the Indian fishermen, HLA system, noncoding DNAs (ncDNAs), Chromosomal Q-Heterochromatin Regions in Populations and Human Adaptation andMorphology to Molecular Anthropology.
Looking at the range of the contributions by various renowned scholars in this volume, we hope that this may be a useful addition for those desirous of learning, teaching and doing research on the biology of the man.




List of Contributors



  1. Chance and Participant Observation of Human Behaviour: Lessons from Field Work with Primates - By Ralph Tanner
    1- 6
  2. “Race”: A Note on Terminology - By Goran Štrkalj
  3. UNIT – II

  4. Use and Interpretation of Anthropometric Assessment of Growth and Body Composition - By R. Khongsdier
  5. Prevalence of Childhood Overweight and Obesity in India: A Systematic Review -By Sharda Sidhu and Prabhjot
  6. Nutritional Status of Preschool Children: A Major Global Health Challenge - By Gopal Chandra Mandal and Kaushik Bose
  7. Variability in Body Composition Characteristics in Two Cohorts of Slovak Women Aged 40 – 59 and 60 – 92 Years - By Marta Cvíèelová, Petra Lukáèiková, Lucia Hornungová, Eva Nešèáková, Zuzana Danková and Daniela Siváková
  8. High Altitude Adaptation: A Review - By S.P. Singh
  9. Kinanthropometric Research and Its Applications: A New Scientific Approach - By S.P. Singh
  10. Anthropometry and Body Composition in Sports - By Shyamal Koley, Navdeep Kaur, Jaswinder Kaur and Mahendra Kumar Yadav
  11. UNIT – III

  12. Various Types of Twins: Rare and Unreported - By H.K. Kumbnani
  13. A Synthesis of Natural Selection and Female Sex in Human Population - By Badaruddoza
  14. Psychosocial Stressors: Let’s Face Them - By Anju Gupta
  15. Studies on Eugenic Concept of Ancient Indians: A Review from Manusmruti - By Sachidananda Padhy
  16. Human Genetic Variation Studies: Background; Rationale and Achievements - By Suraksha Agrawal, Minal Borkar and Faisal Khan
  17. The Single Cell Gel Electrophoresis Assay: Applications in Diseased Individuals and Population Monitoring Studies - By G. Gandhi
  18. Population Structure and Genetic Perspectives on the Indian Fishermen - By B. Mohan Reddy
  19. The Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) System: A Review - By U. Shankarkumar, A. Pawar, J.P. Devaraj, K. Bhupali and K.Ghosh
  20. Noncoding DNAs in Development and Evolution - By Abyt I. Ibraimov
  21. Chromosomal Q-Heterochromatin Regions in Populations and Human Adaptation - By Abyt I. Ibraimov
  22. Morphopological to Molecular Anthropology: Genetics Studies of Castes and Tribes of India - By M.K. Bhasin
  23. INDEX


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