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Biological Anthropology : A Synthetic Approach to Human Evolution - 97 edition

Biological Anthropology : A Synthetic Approach to Human Evolution (ISBN10: 0133692086; ISBN13: 9780133692082)
ISBN13: 978-0133692082
ISBN10: 0133692086

Summary: For the introductory physical anthropology course. It may also be appropriate for the upper level biological anthropology course. This innovative new text narrates the history of the evolutionary progression of the human lineage through time. Evolution by natural selection provides the conceptual framework as students learn the essentials of molecular anthropology and genetics, then are led through geological time to the origins of vertebrates, mammals, prim
ates, hominoids, and finally hominids. In each section, behavior, morphology, adaptation, and ecology are discussed to provide the comparative basis for human origins. Features
  • Integrates bimolecular biology, the fossil record, and behavioral evolution with the core areas of human adaptation, growth, and genetics.
    • Shows the importance of genetics and evolution in the coverage of physical anthropology.
  • An evolutionary, narrative approach to teaching biological anthropology.
    • Gives the book a voice as it proposes that evolution is the single most defining narrative to explain the development of Physical Anthropology.
  • A clear organizational structure. Chapters are arranged phylogenetically through time.
    • Enables students to build their understanding from the simple to the more complex.
  • A population-based understanding of evolution.
    • Ensures that students grasp such fundamental concepts as variability and do not confuse individuals within populations as "types."
  • Frontiers boxes. Contain discussions of the most important new discoveries in anthropology, several written expressly for this text by guest specialists. Examples: "Evolutionary Medicine" and "Dissecting the Human Genome."
    • Gives students an exciting look at current research.
  • Brings forth the lessons of our evolutionary past. Includes chapters on modern human variation, the life-cycle, culture in human evolution, and applied biological anthropology.
    • Allows for a better understanding of the modern human condition.
  • A full-color illustration program. Includes original color photographs of fossil discoveries and sites and vibrant artwork, charts and graphs.
    • Allows students to better grasp often scientific concepts with full color on every page.
  • An extensive running glossary.
    • Provides students with immediate definitions of technical terms.
...show more
Summary: For the introductory physical anthropology course. It may also be appropriate for the upper level biological anthropology course. This innovative new text narrates the history of the evolutionary progression of the human lineage through time. Evolution by natural selection provides the conceptual framework as students learn the essentials of molecular anthropology and genetics, then are led through geological time to the origins of vertebrates, mammals, primates, hominoids, and finally hominids. In each section, behavior, morphology, adaptation, and ecology are discussed to provide the comparative basis for human origins. Features
  • Integrates bimolecular biology, the fossil record, and behavioral evolution with the core areas of human adaptation, growth, and genetics.
    • Shows the importance of genetics and evolution in the coverage of physical anthropology.
  • An evolutionary, narrative approach to teaching biological anthropology.
    • Gives the book a voice as it proposes that evolution is the single most defining narrative to explain the development of Physical Anthropology.
  • A clear organizational structure. Chapters are arranged phylogenetically through time.
    • Enables students to build their understanding from the simple to the more complex.
  • A population-based understanding of evolution.
    • Ensures that students grasp such fundamental concepts as variability and do not confuse individuals within populations as "types."
  • Frontiers boxes. Contain discussions of the most important new discoveries in anthropology, several written expressly for this text by guest specialists. Examples: "Evolutionary Medicine" and "Dissecting the Human Genome."
    • Gives students an exciting look at current research.
  • Brings forth the lessons of our evolutionary past. Includes chapters on modern human variation, the life-cycle, culture in human evolution, and applied biological anthropology.
    • Allows for a better understanding of the modern human condition.
  • A full-color illustration program. Includes original color photographs of fossil discoveries and sites and vibrant artwork, charts and graphs.
    • Allows students to better grasp often scientific concepts with full color on every page.
  • An extensive running glossary.
    • Provides students with immediate definitions of technical terms.
...show less

Edition/Copyright: 97
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Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Year Published: 1997
International: No

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