Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology : A Synthetic Approach to Human Evolution

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For the introductory physical or biological anthropology course taught in anthropology or biology departments.This new edition of Biological Anthropology is evolutionary in perspective in the belief that evolution is the only unifying theory that can clearly explain the existing array of biological and cultural data. Students learn the basics of anthropological theory and human genetics before covering the topics of vertebrate evolution, primate evolution and social behavior, human evolution and behavior, and human variation and adaptation. In each section, behavior, morphology, adaptation, and ecology are discussed to provide the comparative basis for human origins.
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  • Paperback | 513 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130908193
  • 9780130908193

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter contains a Summary, Critical Thinking Questions, Internet Exercises, and Media Lab.) 1. Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Biology and Behavior. 2. Darwin's Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. 3. Genetics. 4. Population, Species, and Evolution. 5. Stages of Vertebrate Evolution. 6. Primate Evolution. 7. Primates of the New and Old Worlds. 8. Primates: Patterns in Social Behavior. 9. Introduction to the Hominoids. 10. The Australopithecines. 11. The Genus Homo. 12. Homo sapiens. 13. The Hominoids: Studies of Ape and Human Behavior. 14. Human Biology and Variation. 15. The Human Life Cycle: Human Biology, Growth, and Adaptability. 16. Humans in Evolutionary Perspective: Applied Biological Anthropology. Appendix 1. The Language of Biological Anthropology: Human Anatomy. Appendix 2. The Language of Biological Anthropology: Geology. Appendix 3. The Language of Biological Anthropology: Biology and Taxonomy. Appendix 4. Dating Methods in Paleoanthropology. Glossary. References. Illustration Credits. Index.
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About Noel T. Boaz

Noel T. Boaz is founder of the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research in Oregon and Professor of Anatomy at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Boaz received his Ph.D. in biological anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1977 and is currently working on his M.D. degree. A paleoanthropologist with many years of field experience in Africa, his most recent research has been on Chinese Homo erectus. Other research interests include earliest hominid origins, paleoecology, evolutionary medicine, and forensic anthropology. In 1999, Dr. Boaz was scientific planning director in Bosnia for Physicians for Human Rights. His most recent publications include Eco Homo (1997), an ecological history of the human species, and Evolving Health (2002), an application of human evolutionary biology to preventive medicine. Alan J. Almquist is Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Hayward. Dr. Almquist received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1974 at the University of California, Berkeley. A dedicated teacher, he has also headed the Clarence Smith Museum of Anthropology at Hayward and has undertaken fieldwork at early hominid sites in the Middle Awash, Ethiopia. Current research interests include the evolution of human sexual behavior and paleoanthropology. Publications include Milestones in Human Evolution (1993) edited with Ann Manyak; a reader, Human Sexuality (1995) with Andrei Simic and Patricia Omidian; and Contemporary Readings in Physical Anthropology (2000), a collection of articles from the New York Times, edited by Dr. Almquist and published by Prentice Hall.
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