How Humans Adapt (Paperback)

A Biocultural Odyssey (Smithsonian International Symposia Series)

By Donald J. Ortner (Editor)

Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 9780874747256, 584pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 1983

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How Humans Adapt collects the papers, commentaries, and discussions from the 1981 Smithsonian international symposium on human physical and cultural adaptations. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, How Humans Adapt sets out a complex picture of past human adaptations and speculates on how future adaptations may ensure the continued survival of the human race.

About the Author

Dr. Donald J. Ortner was a curator at the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology. His research concentrated on evidence of disease, evolution of host-parasite relationships in infection, the human immune response to disease, and the significance of disease in human biocultural adaptation.