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Second, humans developed new technologies that increased the carrying capacity of existing habitats. Third, humans sidestepped some limiting factors that tend to restrain the growth of other species. Geographic Expansion Early humans evolved in the dry woodlands of Africa, then moved into the savannas. We assume they subsisted mainly on plant foods, but they probably also scavenged bits of meat. Bands of hunter–gatherers moved out of Africa about 2 million years ago. 15). Few species can expand into such a broad range of habitats, but the early humans had large brains that allowed them to develop the necessary skills.

A population’s age distribution, how often its individuals reproduce, and how many offspring an individual can produce are examples. The human population has not reached its biotic potential, but it is growing exponentially. We will return to the topic of the human population later in the chapter. Take-Home Message What determines the size of a population and its growth rate? ᭿ The size of a population is influenced by its rates of births, deaths, immigration, and emigration. ᭿ Subtract the per capita death rate from the per capita birth rate to get r, the per capita growth rate of a population.

Population sizes are measured in millions. b Canada Their offspring get free tuition and special treatment when they enter the job market. Parents having more than two children lose benefits and pay more taxes. 75. An unintended consequence has been a shift in the country’s sex ratio. Traditional cultural preference for sons, especially in rural areas, led some parents to abort female fetuses or commit infanticide. 06 boys are born for every girl. 134 boys for every girl. More than 100,000 girls are abandoned each year.

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