K Krishan. The birth of The Internet Journal of Biological Anthropology. The Internet Journal of Biological Anthropology. 2006 Volume 1 Number 1.
Biological Anthropology or physical anthropology is the study of mechanism and evidences of biological evolution, genetic inheritance, human variation and adaptability of human beings and their living and fossil relatives (extant and extinct primates). It studies Human Biology and Human genetics in the context of human culture and behavior, thus, it is also considered as a Bio-Social Science.
The topics covered under the journal include, but are not limited to Human Origins and Evolution, Pre-historic Archaeology, Human Biology, Human Genetics, Molecular and Biochemical Anthropology, Human Growth and Development, Nutritional Anthropology, Human Ecology, Skeletal and Forensic Anthropology, Primatology, Primate and Human Behavior, Dental Anthropology, Sports Anthropology, Anthropometry, Health, Disease and Demography, Clinical and Medical Anthropology, Epidemiology, Community Health, Neuroanthropology, Population Genetics, Paleopathology. The journal includes all the sub-disciplines listed above as well as the special topics related to Human biology and Biological/Physical Anthropology.
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The inaugural issue of
The second paper by a well known community health expert Prof. NK Goel (Government Medical College Hospital, Chandigarh, India) and his associates gives various measures to deal with emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases globally 2 . Another review by the same experts deals with various epidemiological characteristics of dengue fever including its prevalence, prevention and control 3 .
Other paper is by Dr Vikas Gautam, a renowned microbiologist from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India and his associates. The paper is a successful attempt 4 to correlate the facts given in
The 5 th paper- an original study 5 based upon extensive field work by Ms. Sudipta Ghosh and Professor (Dr.) SL Malik (a renowned biological anthropologist of University of Delhi, India) explains the assessment of intergenerational differences in anthropo-physiological variables in Santhals of West Bengal. Other study is by Dr Shyamal Koley, a sports medicine expert from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India. The study gives an idea about the relationship of cardio respiratory fitness, body composition and blood pressure in collegiate population of Amritsar, Punjab India 6 .
In another research paper, Dr Balwant Rai, a leading dental surgeon and his associates show how sex can be determined from diagonal odontometric analysis in a north Indian population 7 . In another anthropological study, Dr John Mao, an anthropologist from Chandigarh, India assesses the knowledge, attitude and practice of family planning among the Meitei women of Manipur (India) 8 .
Another study 9 by Dr Somola Devi and her associates gives demographic characteristics laying more stress on fertility of Ithing tribe of Manipur, India.
In a technical note 10 by Dr Balwant Rai and his associates, the authors take three measurements on mandible and show their usefulness in determining sex. In another technical 11 note by a renowned bio-statistician, Dr Girish Singh, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, gives an idea about a new analytical approach ‘Meta analysis' and its importance in broad anthropological and medical sciences.
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