The Human Species: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-28
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This text introduces physical anthropology, the science of human biological evolution and variation. Divided into four parts, it addresses the major questions that concern biological anthropologists--"What are humans?" "Where are our origins?" "How did we evolve, and are we still evolving?" and "What does the future hold for the human species?--with an emphasis on hypothesis testing and the relationship between biology and culture.

Table of Contents

Evolutionary Background
Biological Anthropology and Evolution
Human Genetics
The Evolution and Classification of Species
Our Place in Nature
The Primates
Primate Behavior and Ecology
The Human Species
Our Origins
Primate Origins and Evolution
The Beginnings of Human Evolution
The Origin of the Genus Homo
The Evolution of Archaic Humans
The Origin of Modern Humans
Our Diversity
The Study of Human Variation
Recent Microevolution of Human Populations
Human Adaptation
The Biological Impact of Agriculture and Civilization
Epilogue The Future of Our Species
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