Africa, the Cradle of Human Diversity

Cultural and Biological Approaches to Uncover African Diversity


This book explores important chapters of past and recent African history from a multidisciplinary perspective. It covers an extensive time range from the evolution of early humans to the complex cultural and genetic diversity of modern-day populations in Africa. Through a comprehensive list of chapters, the book focuses on different time-periods, geographic regions and cultural and biological aspects of human diversity across the continent. Each chapter summarises current knowledge with perspectives from a varied set of international researchers from diverse areas of expertise. The book provides a valuable resource for scholars interested in evolutionary history and human diversity in Africa.

Contributors are Shaun Aron, Ananyo Choudhury, Bernard Clist, Cesar Fortes-Lima, Rosa Fregel, Jackson S. Kimambo, Faye Lander , Marlize Lombard, Fidelis T. Masao, Ezekia Mtetwa, Gilbert Pwiti, Michèle Ramsay, Thembi Russell, Carina Schlebusch, Dhriti Sengupta, Plan Shenjere-Nyabezi, Mário Vicente.
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Cesar Fortes-Lima, Ph.D. (2015), University Paul-Sabatier, is a Researcher in Human Population Genetics at Uppsala University. He has published several research articles, reviews, and news articles on the demographic history and genomic diversity of African and enslaved African-descendant populations.

Ezekia Mtetwa, Ph.D. (2018), Uppsala University, is a Postdoctoral Researcher in African Archaeology at Uppsala University. He has published several articles and book chapters on precolonial iron production, human-landscape interactions and archaeological heritage management in Zimbabwe.

Carina Schlebusch, Ph.D. (2010), University of the Witwatersrand, is an Associate Professor of Human Evolution and Genetics at Uppsala University. She has published several books, chapters and articles on the population genetics and history of African populations.
This book offers accessible knowledge from a multidisciplinary perspective to students, scholars and researchers interested in human evolutionary history, population genetics, archaeology, paleogenomics, anthropology, and related disciplines.
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