The Evolution and Genetics of Latin American Populations (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology)

  • Publish Date: 2005-11-10
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Francisco M. Salzano;Maria C. Bortolini
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The human genetic make-up of Latin America is a reflection of successive waves of colonization and immigration. There have been few works dealing with the biology of human populations at a continental scale, and while much data is available on the genetics of Latin American populations, most information remains scattered throughout the literature. This volume examines Latin American human populations in relation to their origins, environment, history, demography and genetics, drawing on aspects of nutrition, physiology, and morphology for an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. The result is a fascinating account of a people characterized by a turbulent history, marked heterogeneity, and unique genetic traits.