Understanding Physical Anthropology and Archaeology / Edition 9

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Overview

This streamlined, full-color text is a thorough and well balanced introduction to the fields of physical anthropology and archaeology. Now with a new co-author, Barry Lewis brings his expertise in research methods and his experience with North American and South Indian archaeology to this edition. The author teams' conversational writing style and high interest features such as "Digging Deeper", and also new features such as "At a Glance", "Focus Questions" and "Cutting Edge Research" helps students grasp the material and enjoy learning in the process. At the beginning of each chapter the authors also point students and instructors to the media appropriate for that chapter. In addition to the text and Basic Companion Website, Wadsworth offers a Premium Companion Site and several technology based products such as an Online Virtual Laboratories or CD-ROM, the Hominid Fossils CD-ROM and Basic Genetics CD-ROM. See the supplement section for details.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534623968
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/7/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 1,277,383
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Lewis received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. During his 27-year tenure as a professor at the University of Illinois, he taught courses on introductory archaeology, quantitative methods in archaeology, geographic information systems, and social science research methods. He has published extensively on his research concerning late prehistoric Native American towns and villages in the southeastern United States. His recent research centers on the archaeology and history of early modern kingdoms and chiefdoms in South India.

Robert Jurmain received an A.B. in Anthropology from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard. He taught at San Jose State University from 1975 to 2004 and is now Professor Emeritus. During his teaching career, he taught courses in all major branches of physical anthropology, including osteology and human evolution, with the greatest concentration in general education teaching for introductory students. His research interests are skeletal biology of humans and non-human primates, paleopathology, and paleoanthropology. In addition to his three textbooks, which together have appeared in 27 editions, he is the author of STORIES FROM THE SKELETON: BEHAVIORAL RECONSTRUCTION IN HUMAN OSTEOLOGY (1999, Gordon & Breach Publishers), as well as numerous articles in research journals.

Lynn Kilgore earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she now holds an affiliate faculty position. Her primary research interests are osteology and paleopathology. She has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in human osteology, primatebehavior, human heredity and evolution, and general physical anthropology. Her research focuses on developmental defects, disease, and trauma in human and great ape skeletons.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Anthropology.
2.The Development of Evolutionary Theory.
3.Heredity and Evolution.
4.Modern Human Variation and Adaptation.
5.Macroevolution: Processes of Vertebrate & Mammalian Evolution.
6.An Overview of the Living Primates.
7.Primate Behavior.
8.Understanding the Past: Archaeological/Paleoanthropological Methods.
9.Hominid Origins.
10.The Earliest Dispersal of the Genus Homo: Homo erectus and Contemporaries.
11.Premodern Humans.
12.Origin & Dispersal of Modern Humans.
13.Early Holocene Hunters and Gatherers.
14.Food Production.
15.The First Civilizations.
16.New World Civilizations.

Appendix A Atlas of Primate Skeletal Anatomy.

Appendix B Summary of Early Fossil Finds From Africa.

Appendix C Population Genetics. Glossary. Bibliography.Photo Credits.
Index.

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