Introduction to Physical Anthropology 2011-2012 Edition / Edition 13by Robert Jurmain
Pub. Date: 02/17/2011
Publisher: Cengage Learning
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 2011-2012 continues to present a current, well-balanced, and comprehensive 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
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 2011-2012 continues to present a current, well-balanced, and comprehensive 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, primatology, key fossil discoveries, and modern human biology. A new "Conclusion: Why it Matters", drives home the importance of understanding human evolution and the incredible impact our species has had, and will continue to have, on the environment and all life forms on this planet.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Physical Anthropology. 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. 6. Survey of the Living Primates. 7. Primate Behavior. 8. Primate Models for Human Behavioral Evolution. 9. Overview of the Fossil Primates. 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. 15. Modern Human Biology: Patterns of Variation. 16. Modern Human Biology: Patterns of Adaptation. 17. The Human Life Course. Conclusion: Why it Matters. Appendix A: Atlas of Primate Skeletal Anatomy. Appendix B: Taxonomy of Living and Selected Extinct Primates. Appendix C: Summary of Early Hominin Fossil Finds from Africa. Appendix D: Population Genetics: The Math of Microevolution. Glossary. Bibliography. Photo Credits. Index.
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