Biological Anthropology: An Introductory Reader

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2009-07-23
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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This supplementary reader offers both historical and contemporary articles that demonstrate the nature of biological anthropology. With nearly one-third of the selections focusing on living populations, the 43 readings cover the entire range of bioanthropological studies: evolution, nonhuman primates, human paleontology, and modern human groups. Twelve of the 43 articles are new to this edition, including Kari Bruwelheide and Douglas Owsley's "Written in Bone: Reading the Remains of the 17th Century"; Carl Zimmer's "What is a Species?"; Daniel E. Lieberman's "Homing In On EarlyHomo"; and Sally Lehrman's "Going Beyond X and Y.".

Table of Contents

Being a Biological Anthropologist
"Finding Lucy," from Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, 1980
"Monkey Business in Bali: Field Work and Teaching Among the Temple Macaques"
"The Homegoing," from Lessons from the Past: An Introductory Reader in Archaeology, 1999 .
"Bad Breath, Gangrene, and God's Angels," from Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa, 1994
The Nature of Science
"Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs," from The Flamingo's Smile, 1985
"Piltdown, Paradigms, and the Paranormal." from Skeptical Inquirer, 1990
"Science as a Way of Knowing," from Science as a Way of Knowing: The Foundations of Modern Biology, 1993
The Evolution of Evolution
"The Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics," from Philosophie zoologique, 1809
"Natural Selection," from "The Linnean Society Papers," 1859
"The Laws of Inheritance," from "Experiments in Plant Hybridization," 1866
"Evolution As Fact and Theory," from Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, 1983
"Darwin's Rib," from Discover, 1995
"Devolution," from The New Yorker, 2005
The Process of Evolution
"Curse and Blessing of the Ghetto," from Discover, 1991
"Unfortunate Drift," from Discover, 1995
"What Is a Species?," from Scientific American, 2008
The Primate and Primate Behavior
"98% Alike? (What Our Similarity to Apes Tells Us About Our Understanding of Genetics) from The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2000
"Dance of the Sexes," from Natural History, 2005
"Close Encounters" from Natural History, 2003
"Chimps in the Wild Show Stirrings of Culture," from Science, December, 2002, pp. 74-83
"Why We're Different: Probing the Gap Between Apes and Humans," from Science, 2008
Hominid Evolution
"Born to Run," from Natural History, 2005
"Homing In On Early Homo ," from Nature, 2007
"Food for thought," from Scientific American, December, 2002
"The Littlest Human," from Scientific American, 2005
"When Hobbits (Slowly) Walked the Earth," from Science, 2008
"The Morning of the Modern Mind," from Scientific American, 2005
The Bioanthropology of Modern Human Populations
"Differential Mortality and the Donner Party Disaster," from Evolutionary Anthropology, 1993
"Skin deep," from Scientific American, October, 2002
"Evolution and the Origins of Disease," from Scientific American, 1998
Human Biodiversity
"Going Beyond X and Y," from Scientific American, 2007
"An Early Racial Taxonomy from "Systema naturae" (10th ed, 1758)
"Science and Race" from American Behavioral Scientist,1996
"None of the Above," from The New Yorker, 2007
Bioanthropology and the Human Genome
"Human Genetic Variation," from Science, 2007
"Relative Differences: The Myth of 1%," Science, 2007
"The Science and Business of Genetic Ancestry Testing," from Science, 2007
"Birthday Surprises," from Nature and The Daily Telegraph, 2008
Biological Anthropology: Applied and Considered
"Babies Need Their Mothers Beside Them," from World Health, 1996
"The Iceman Reconsidered", from Scientific American, 2003
"Written in Bone: Reading the Remains of the 17th Century," from AnthroNotes, 2007
"Tracking Ebola's Deadly March Among Wild Apes," from Science, 2006
"Saartje Baartman: Her Life, Her Times, Her Remains, and the Negotiations for Their Repatriation from France to South Africa," from South African Journal of Science, 2002
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