9780136011606

Biological Anthropology : The Natural History of Humankind

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    9780136011606

  • ISBN10:

    0136011608

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2009
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Summary

Biological Anthropology, 2/e continues to build upon the strength and success of the first edition by integrating thefoundationsand themost current innovationsin the field from the ground up. Over the past twenty years, this field has rapidly evolved from the study of physical anthropology intobiological anthropology, incorporating the evolutionary biology of humankind based on information from the fossil record and the human skeleton, genetics of individuals and of populations, our primate relatives, human adaptation, and human behavior. The second edition ofBiological Anthropologycombines the most up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of the foundations of the field with modern innovations and discoveries.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Biological Anthropology?
The Scope Of Biological Anthropology
The Roots Of Modern Biological Anthropology
Anthropology And Its Other Subfields
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Mechanisms of Evolution
Origins of Evolutionary Thought
What Is Science?
The Early Thinkers
The Road To The Darwinian Revolution
The Darwinian Revolution
The Response To Darwin
Science And Creationism
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Genetics: Cells and Molecules
Genetics
The CellDNA Structure And Function
Molecular Tools For Bioanthropological Research
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Genetics: From Genotype to Phenotype
From Genotype To Phenotype
Mendelian Genetics
Mutation
Genetics Beyond Mendel
Phenylketonuria: Illustrating Mendelian And Post-Mendelian Concepts
Genes And Environments
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
The Forces of Evolution and the Formation of Species
How Evolution Works
Classification And Evolution
Levels Of Selection
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Human Variation: Evolution, Adaptation, and Adaptability
Human Variation At The Individual And Group Level
Historical Perspectives On Human Variation
Population Genetics
Polymorphisms And Natural Selection In Human Populations
Adaptation And Adaptability
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Primates
The Primates
The Primate Radiation
A Guide To The Nonhuman Primates
Primate Ecology
Primate Communities
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Primate Behavior
Studying Primates
The Evolution Of Primate Social Behavior
Why Are Nonhuman Primates Social?
Reconstructing The Evolution Of Primate Societies
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Paleontology and Primate Evolution
Fossils in Geological Context
How To Become A Fossil
The Importance Of Context
How Old Is It?
The Earth In The Cenozoic
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Origin of Primates
The Mesozoic And Beyond
Changes In The Paleocene: Origin Of The Primates?
Early Primates Of The Eocene
Evolution Of Higher Primates
Molecular Evolution In Primates
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Becoming Human: The Ape-Hominid Transition
Becoming a Biped
The Transition to Human Behavior
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
The Human Fossil Record
Early Hominids
Will You Know A Hominid When You See One?
The First Hominids?
Australopithecus And Kin
Understanding The Australopithecine Radiation
Questions For Future Paleoanthropologists
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
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