Biological Anthropology and Prehistory: Exploring Our Human Ancestry

Biological Anthropology and Prehistory: Exploring Our Human Ancestry

by Patricia C. Rice, Jennifer Jacobson, N. Moloney, Norah Moloney
     
 

Rice (West Virginia U.) and Moloney (U. College London) strive to make the study of the human past understandable to beginning anthropology students, focusing more on the processes of change than the procession of taxonomic terms. They discuss the human past in a population mode rather than describing fossils or artifacts, and lump rather than split species and other… See more details below

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Rice (West Virginia U.) and Moloney (U. College London) strive to make the study of the human past understandable to beginning anthropology students, focusing more on the processes of change than the procession of taxonomic terms. They discuss the human past in a population mode rather than describing fossils or artifacts, and lump rather than split species and other topics to make the presentation simple; they also, however mention the alternative typology so students who go on to advanced courses or reading will be familiar with them. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205381968
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
469
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction to anthropology and methods for studying humans in the past1
Ch. 2Principles of biological evolution36
Ch. 3Macroevolution : first life through nonhuman primates69
Ch. 4Early hominids in Africa : Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, Homo habilis104
Ch. 5Later hominids : Homo erectus and Homo sapiens138
Ch. 6Modern primates173
Ch. 7Modern humans209
Ch. 8The emergence of culture in early hominid societies in the old world242
Ch. 9Later hunter-gatherers and early farming societies in the old world275
Ch. 10Early states in the old world311
Ch. 11Later Hunter-gatherers and early farming societies in the Americas347
Ch. 12The emergence of state societies in the Americas382
Ch. 13Conclusions : what is it to be human?419

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