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INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY continues to present a comprehensive, well-balanced introduction to the field, combining an engaging writing style and compelling visual content to bring the study of physical anthropology to life for today's students. With a focus on the big picture of human evolution, the text helps students master the basic principles of the subject and arrive at an understanding of the human species and its place in the biological world. This book continues to keep pace with changes in the field by including thorough coverage of cutting-edge advances in molecular biology and genomics, expanded material on modern human biology, and the latest in new fossil finds.
1. Introduction to Physical Anthropology. Part I: HEREDITY AND EVOLUTION. 2. The Development of Evolutionary Theory. 3. The Biological Basis of Life. 4. Heredity and Evolution. 5. Macroevolution: Processes of Vertebrate and Mammalian Evolution. Part II: PRIMATES. 6. Survey of the Living Primates. 7. Primate Behavior. 8. Primate Models for Human Behavioral Evolution. 9. Overview of the Fossil Primates. Part III: HOMININ EVOLUTION. 10. Paleoanthropology: Reconstructing Early Hominin Behavior and Ecology 11. Hominin Origins in Africa. 12. The Earliest Dispersal of the Genus Homo: Homo Erectus and Contemporaries. 13. Premodern Humans. 14. The Origin and Dispersal of Modern Humans. Part IV: CONTEMPORARY HUMAN EVOLUTION. 15. Modern Human Biology: Patterns of Variation. 16. Modern Human Biology: Patterns of Adaptation. 17. Legacies of Human Evolutionary History. Appendix A: Atlas of Primate Skeletal Anatomy. Appendix B: Classification of Living and Extinct Primates Appendix C: Summary of Early Hominin Fossil Finds from Africa. Appendix D: Population Genetics: The Math of Microevolution.
Posted March 30, 2010
This is the one textbook that I use that I don't plan on changing - ever. I like the organization, the information, the layout and the pictures. This edition is larger than the last with only one rather huge change in information (changing hominid to hominin and explaining why).
My students really dislike the fact that all the ambiguities of the science are laid out and the evidence presented, so that we can choose to agree or not. They are used to facts being presented and they are just there to memorize them. Certainly they don't expect to analyze and interpret the evidence. Of course that is exactly what science is and I think college is the time to quit telling students that we know everything, because we don't.
The only addition my students would love would be a read along CD with the pronunciations, espcially my online students.