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'Malhotra R, 1985: Understanding the Concept of Adaptation with Special Reference to Physiological Adaptation. Anthropologie (Brno) 23, 1: 1-4'.
Study of adaptation and adaptability connotes a lot, in a country like India, spreading over thousands of sq. miles with a vast cultural, biological and ecological diversity. It can be carried at three levels i.e., a) behavioural: the responses are rapid and particularly suitable to temporary fluctuations, b) physiological: here, the responses are activated relatively slowly and are reversible and irreversible in nature, c) genetical: these changes have very slow rate of activation and take several generations. In the present paper three most relevant ecological factors to the Indian conditions i.e., high altitudes, desert and nutrition, have been discussed, with special reference to physiological responses.
Adaptation - Physiological responses - High altitudes - Deserts - Nutrition

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