The origins of Native Americans : evidence from anthropological genetics


The origins of Native Americans : evidence from anthropological genetics

Michael H. Crawford

Cambridge University Press, 1998


Antropología biologíca de los indios americanos

大学図書館所蔵 件 / 20



Rev. ed. of: Antropología biológica de los indios americanos. 1992

Includes bibliographical references (p. [262]-296) and indexes



Who are the Native Americans? When and how did they colonize the New World? What proportion of the biological variation in contemporary Amerindian populations was 'made in America' and what was brought from Siberia? This book is a unique synthesis of the genetic, archaeological and demographic evidence concerning the native peoples of the Americas, using case studies from contemporary Amerindian and Siberian indigenous groups to unravel the mysteries. It culminates in an examination of the devastating collision between European and Native American cultures following contact, and the legacy of increased incidence of chronic diseases that still accompanies the acculturation of native peoples today. This compelling account will be required reading for all those interested in the anthropology of Native Americans, past, present and future.


  • Preface
  • 1. Origins of New World populations
  • 2. Population size and the effects of European contact
  • 3. Demography of Amerindian populations
  • 4. Genetic variation in contemporary populations of the Americas
  • 5. Population structure of Native Americans
  • 6. Morphological variation
  • 7. The survivors
  • References
  • Index.

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