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Humans: Demographic History

  1. Henry Harpending

Published Online: 21 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005077.pub2



How to Cite

Harpending, H. 2007. Humans: Demographic History. eLS. .

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  1. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 DEC 2007


The genome of our species preserves a record of population dynamics – changes in size and of subdivision into partially isolated demes. Genetic data have revealed that our humans arose from a small population, with as few as several thousand members, during the last interglacial period. Since then, we have spread rapidly over the earth.


  • demography;
  • modern human origins;
  • Bushman model;
  • Yanomami model;
  • population growth;
  • demographic history;
  • warfare