Human Species

Human Species : An Introduction to Biological Anthropology

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This general introduction to contemporary physical anthropology presents balanced coverage of the major components of the field: genetics and evolutionary theory, human variation, human evolution, and the biology, behavior, and evolution of primates.
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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.46 x 25.4mm | 997.9g
  • Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 0767430220
  • 9780767430227

Table of contents

Preface PART I: Evolutionary Background 1. Biological Anthropology and Evolution What is Anthropology? Science and Evolution Special Topic: Biological Anthropologists at Work 2. Human Genetics Molecular Genetics Mendelian Genetics Mutations Genetics and Behavior Special Topic: PCR and Ancient DNA 3. Evolutionary Forces Population Genetics Evolutionary Forces Special Topic: Tay-Sachs Disease: Genetic Drift or Natural Selection? 4. The Origin and Evolution of Species The Birth and Death of Species Misconceptions about Evolution A Brief History of Life Special Topic: Science Fiction and Orthogenesis PART II: Human Biological Variation 5. The Study of Human Variation Measuring Human Variation The Racial Approach to Variation The Evolutionary Approach to Variation Special Topic: Genetics, Race, and IQ 6. Microevolution in Human Populations Case Studies of Gene Flow and Genetic Drift Case Studies of Natural Selection Special Topic: The Biological History of the Ancient Egyptians 7. Human Adaptation Types of Adaptation Climate and Human Adaptation High-Altitude Adaptation Nutritional Adaptation Special Topic: The "Small but Healthy" Hypothesis and the Cost of Adaptation PART III: Our Place in Nature 8. Primates in Nature Taxonomic Classification Characteristics of Mammals Primate Characteristics Models of Primate Behavior Special Topic: What Will Happen to the Primates? 9. The Biology and Behavior of the Living Primates Primate Suborders The Monkeys The Hominoids The Living Apes Special Topic: Social Structure and Testes Size in Primates 10. The Human Species Characteristics of Living Humans The Human Life Cycle Is Human Behavior Unique? Special Topic: Should Infants Sleep with their Parents? An Evolutionary View 11. Primate Origins and Evolution The Study of the Fossil Record Early Primate Evolution Evolution of the Miocene Hominoids Special Topic: The Giant Ape PART IV: Human Evolution 12. Hominid Origins Overview of Human Evolution The First Hominids Evolutionary Trends Special Topic: The Piltdown Hoax 13. The Origin and Evolution of the Genus Homo The Origin of the Genus Homo Archaic Humans Special Topic: Neandertals: Names and Images 14. The Origin of Modern Humans Anatomically Modern Homo sapiens The Origin of Anatomically Modern Humans Recent Biological and Cultural Evolution in Homo sapiens Special Topic: The Iceman 15. Human Biology and Culture Change The Biological Impact of Agriculture The Biological Impact of Civilization Recent Changes Special Topic: The Baby Boom Epilogue: The Future of Our Species Appendix 1: Mathematical Population Genetics Appendix 2: Classification of Living Primates Appendix 3: Conversion Factors Appendix 4: Comparative Primate Skeletal Anatomy
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About John H. Relethford

John H. Relethford is currently a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York College at Oneonta. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1980. He has taught at SUNY-Oneonta since 1981. He is the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has authored several books, over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, 13 book chapters, and a number of other publications. His research and teaching interests are in human population genetics, human variation, and the origin of modern humans.
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