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Physical Anthropology of The Koch Populations of India

Sarthak Sengupta (Author)
Synopsis The study of human evolution and also of human variation are two major focuses of Anthropology. Spatio-temporal variation among human population due to genetic and environmental causative factors is an important objective of physical anthropology. The present treatise is probably the first attempt to write on the biological variation at micro-level among the Koch population, a detribalized caste population. The author’s attempt is to trace any significant regional variation in their physical characters and to reveal any definite clustering pattern. The author’s concern is also to examine if the results of the genetic investigation support the conclusions drawn from metric data or not. The book provides a biocultural perception of population dynamics in Koch of Assam. The author discusses in details the on-going micro evolutionary trend in the Koch and deals with the stastical deviation of detribalized descendant Koch population from their ancestral tribal populations. The present volume is an extremely valuable addition to the subject of physical anthropology which intersects allied disciplines at several points.
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About the author

Sarthak Sengupta

Dr. Sarthak Sengupta (b. 1955) RECEIVED his M.Sc. (1977) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in anthropology rom Dibrugarh University and Gauhati University respectively. He also worked with the Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India and North Eastern Hill University, Shillong for quite some time and conducted intensive field studies among diverse tribes and castes in Qrunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Assam and Uttar Pradesh. He has had to his own credit eight well knitted books on North East Indian tribes, and more than 135 original research papers published in various reputed nationial and international professioinal journals besides several chapters in edited volumes. He is an active life and executive member of several professional anthropological bodies and members of the editorial boards of Journals of Human Ecology, New Delhi; Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University; and Research Committee, Indian Academy of Social Sciences, Allahabad.

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Title Physical Anthropology of The Koch Populations of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1993
Edition Ist ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170995248
length x+210p., Tables; References; Index; 22cm.