Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Cavalli-Sforza, Luca Luigi (1922-)

Italian-born population geneticist, anthropologist; early career devoted to human population genetics, especially pedigree analysis in insular Italian valleys; concerned with the co-evolution of genes, language and culture, and especially the spatial dispersion of domesticated varieties of wheat and its dispersion with the migration of humans. Later, at Stanford, was concerned with sampling human biodiversity. Was influential in the careers of both Mary-Claire King and Mark Skolnick. Co-author of several monumental works, including The Genetics of Human Populations (1971), African Pygmies (1986), and The History and Geography of Human Genes (1994).

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