Human Biology of Afro-Caribbean Populations

Human Biology of Afro-Caribbean Populations

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A comprehensive study of the microevolution of Caribbean populations of African descent, this 2006 book reviews the conditions endured by the slaves during their passage and in the plantations and how these conditions may have affected their own health and that of their descendants. Providing an evolutionary framework for understanding the epidemiology of common modern-day diseases such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes, it also looks at infectious diseases and their effect on the genetic make-up of Afro-Caribbean populations. Also covered are population genetics studies that have been used to understand the microevolutionary pathways for various populations, and demographic characteristics including the relationships between migration, family type and fertility. Ending with a case study of the Afro-Caribbean population of LimA³n, Costa Rica, this book is an essential resource for researchers working in biological anthropology, demography, and epidemiology, and for those interested in the African diaspora in the New World.Figure 3.1 shows a diagram of the malaria life cycle. ... Once in contact with the red blood cell, the parasite enters it, a#39;a#39;hidinga#39;a#39; itself from the immune system ( Aikawa and Miller, 1983; Breuer, 1985; Ewald, 1994; Klemba et al., 2004; Pasvol, anbsp;...

Title:Human Biology of Afro-Caribbean Populations
Author:Lorena Madrigal
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2006-06-01


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