Subscribe
Subscribe
MY AMERICAN SCIENTIST
LOG IN! REGISTER!
SEARCH
 
Logo IMG
HOME > My Amsci > Restricted Access

Gene-Culture Coevolution and Human Diet



Restricted Access The content you've requested is available without charge only to active Sigma Xi members and American Scientist subscribers.


If you are an active member or an individual subscriber, please log in now in order to access this article.

If you are not a member or individual subscriber, you can:



Abstract:

2010-03VuorisaloF1.jpgClick to Enlarge ImageThe traditional view of human evolution holds that our ancestors gradually evolved from South and East African fruit eaters to scavengers or hunters by purely biological adaptation to changing environmental conditions. Likewise, social scientists assumed that cultural characteristics evolved exclusive of biological influences. In recent decades, however, it has become clear that this picture is far too simple. In fact, biological and cultural evolution are not separate phenomena but instead interact in a complicated manner. One example is the progressive development over the past 10,000 years of lactose tolerance in adult humans—a genetic mutation selected for in populations that herd animals and consume dairy. The authors review this and several other examples of the interplay between genes and culture.


Connect With Us:

Facebook Icon Sm Twitter Icon Google+ Icon Pinterest Icon RSS Feed

Subscribe to Free eNewsletters!

  • American Scientist Update

  • An early peek at each new issue, with descriptions of feature articles, columns, and more. Every other issue contains links to everything in the latest issue's table of contents.

  • Scientists' Nightstand: Holiday Special!

  • News of book reviews published in American Scientist and around the web, as well as other noteworthy happenings in the world of science books.

    To sign up for automatic emails of the American Scientist Update and Scientists' Nightstand issues, create an online profile, then sign up in the My AmSci area.


Read Past Issues on JSTOR

JSTOR, the online academic archive, contains complete back issues of American Scientist from 1913 (known then as the Sigma Xi Quarterly) through 2005.

The table of contents for each issue is freely available to all users; those with institutional access can read each complete issue.

View the full collection here.


RSS Feed Subscription

Receive notification when new content is posted from the entire website, or choose from the customized feeds available.


Write for American Scientist

Review our submission guidelines.


Subscribe to American Scientist