Perspectives on environmental adaptability and physiological polymorphism in thermoregulation

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Abstract

The environmental adaptability of human beings has progressed according to various environments experienced in the course of evolution. Therefore, various phenotypes for environmental adaptability exist and are considered to be physiological polymorphism. Physiological polymorphism in thermoregulation is influenced by genotype, individual characteristics, environmental factors, cultural factors, etc. Moreover, it is thought that physiological polymorphism is evidenced more clearly in physiological responses to extreme situations and/or changing conditions than in environments where homeostasis is easily maintained. In the field of physiological anthropology, I think that it is important not only to discover the physiological responses that demonstrate polymorphism, but also to hypothesize about the mechanisms and the processes by which such polymorphisms were formed, and their meaning for human beings. Such discussions may be supposed to lead to an evaluation of the environmental adaptability of humans from the viewpoint of physiological anthropology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-240
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of physiological anthropology and applied human science
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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