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Population Genetics of Modern Human Evolution

  1. John H Relethford1,
  2. Rosalind M Harding2

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001470

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Relethford, J. H. and Harding, R. M. 2001. Population Genetics of Modern Human Evolution. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    State University of New York College at Oneonta, Oneonta, New York, USA

  2. 2

    University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

Abstract

The aim of studies in human population genetics is to determine how mutation, genetic drift, gene flow and natural selection have generated patterns of genetic diversity within and between populations. One application of these studies is to questions about how modern humans evolved and the meaning of human ‘racial’ variation.

Keywords:

  • genetics;
  • DNA;
  • human evolution;
  • race