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Summary: For the one-term physical or biological anthropology course taught at the freshman/sophomore level in anthropology and/or biology departments at two-and four-year schools. Its brief coverage of all of the key concepts taught in this course allows professors to more easily assign supplementary materials.
This new essentials version of Boaz/Almquist, Biological Anthropology, is strongly evolutionary in perspective in the belief that evolution is the only uni ...show morefying 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.
Boaz, Noel T. : University of Oregon
Almquist, Alan J. : California State University-Hayward
1 Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Biology and Behavior
Anthropology Studies Humankind
Subjects That Biological Anthropologists Study
The Language of Biological Anthropology
Reconstructing the Evolutionary History of Species
The Perspective of Human Evolution
2 Genetics and Evolution by Natural Selection
DNA: The Reproductive Machinery of the Cell
The DNA Molecule Evolves
The Cell Nucleus Evolves
Evolution of DNA Repair and Sexual Reproduction
Evolution of Mitosis and Meiosis
Darwin's Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection
Development of a Theory of Inheritance
Mutation: The Source of Genetic Variation
The Puzzle of Sexual Reproduction
3 Populations, Species, and Evolution
How Individuals Within Populations Vary
Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium and Population Genetics
How Evolution Changes Population Allele Frequencies
How New Species Are Formed
Evolution of Behavior
4 Stages of Vertebrate Evolution
Clues from Morphology, Embryology, and Paleontology
The First Vertebrates: Our Fish Heritage
First Forays onto Dry Land: The Amphibians
Reptiles Conquer the Land
Mammals Evolve and Radiate
The Human Brain in Evolutionary Perspective
Mammals and Adaptive Radiation Understanding Human Morphology
5 Introduction to Primates: Origins and Evolution
What Is a Primate?
The First Primate Radiation: Plesiadapiforms
The Second Primate Radiation: Prosimians Behavior and Social Organization of Prosimians
The Third Primate Radiation: Anthropoids
Origins and Evolution of the Monkeys
6 Primates: Patterns in Social Behavior
Advantages of Group Living
Development of Behavioral Modeling
Male and Female Reproductive Strategies
Primate Foraging and Feeding
Primate Defenses Against Predation
Aggression and Dominance Interactions
Birth and the Mother-Infant Bond
Learning as Adaptation to Sociality
7 Introduction to the Hominoids
The Living Hominoids Minus People: Apes
Proconsulids: The Earliest Hominoids
Hominoids with Thick Molar Enamel Appear
Ape Evolution in Eurasia
Evolutionary Relationships Among Hominoids
Definition of Hominidae
The Earliest Hominids
What the Earliest Hominid Looked Like
Why Are Hominid Fossils Rare?
Hominid Morphology and Behavior
Australopithecine Paleoecology and Behavior
9 The Genus Homo
Major Physical Changes
The First Stone Tools
Homo erectus Comes onto the Scene
The Appearance of Homo sapiens
10 The Evolution of Hominoid and Human Behavior
The Great Apes
Human Social Behavior
Reconstructing Early Human Behavior
11 Human Biology and Variation
The Nature of Human Genetic Variation
How Variation Is Measured
The Process of Geographic Isolation
Early Studies of Human Variation
Using Genetic Markers to Trace Population Relatedness
How Natural Selection Causes Human Variation
Genetic Influence on Behavioral Variation
12 The Human Life Cycle: Human Biology, Growth, and Adaptability
Human Growth Studies
Human Adaptability to Environment
Nutritional and Dietary Aspects of Adaptation
Modern Life and Human Evolution
13 The Modern Human Condition in Evolutionary Perspective: Applied Biological Anthropology
Premises and Goals of Applied Biological Anthropology
Biomedical Anthropology and Evolutionary Medicine
Biological Anthropology, Human Ecology, and Quality of Life
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
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