- Subject index
Via 100 entries or "mini-chapters," 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of anthropology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume set provides undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source that serves their research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but in a clear, accessible style, devoid of jargon, unnecessary detail or density.Key Features- Emphasizes key curricular topics, making it useful for students researching for term papers, preparing for GREs, or considering topics for a senior thesis, graduate degree, or career.- Comprehensive, providing full coverage of key subthemes and subfields within the discipline, such as applied anthropology, archaeology and paleontology, sociocultural anthropology, evolution, linguistics, ...
Chapter 97: Human Longevity and World Population
Human Longevity and World Population
The link between human longevity and world population seems direct and obvious: The world population is increasing, and the proportion of elderly is increasing as well, as more humans are living longer. Will human life span increase infinitely? Why is there an aging process? How does human longevity compare to that of other primates? How did longevity change over human evolutionary history? What follows is a review of research examining these questions and other aspects of human longevity and a discussion of world population growth.
Definitions of Longevity
Longevity, or life span, is the period of time between the birth and death of an organism. This definition is misleadingly straightforward, because the point when life begins and ends ...