The Human Species: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology / Edition 9

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In its ninth edition, The Human Species continues to provide a comprehensive approach to biological anthropology, especially the relationship between biology and culture, behavior in an evolutionary context, and humans as a species within the primate order. With its lively narrative and emphasis on the most current topics and findings in the field, The Human Species explores the major questions that concern biological anthropologists about our species.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780078034985
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 174,192
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John Relethford holds the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and has received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received his BA (1975), MA (1978), and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany. His textbook, The Human Species: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology, was first published in 1990, and is currently in the eighth edition. He has also written Genetics and the Search for Modern Human Origins and Reflections of Our Past: How Human History is Revealed in Our Genes, and is coauthor of Human Biological Variation. In addition, he has authored or coauthored over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, 18 book chapters, and numerous book reviews and other publications. He has served as both President and Vice-President of both the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the American Association of Anthropological Genetics. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Table of Contents

Part I Evolutionary Background

1 Biological Anthropology and Evolution

2 Human Genetics

3 Microevolution

4 The Evolution and Classification of Species
Part II Our Place in Nature

5 The Primates

6 Primate Behavior and Ecology

7 The Human Species
Part III Our Origins

8 Paleoanthropology

9 Primate Origins and Evolution

10 The Beginnings of Human Evolution

11 The Origin of the Genus Homo

12 The Evolution of Archaic Humans

13 The Origin of Modern Humans
Part IV Our Diversity

14 The Study of Human Variation

15 Recent Microevolution of Human Populations

16 Human Adaptation

17 The Biological Impact of Agriculture and Civilization

Epilogue The Future of Our Species
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