Biological Anthropology: The Natural History of Humankind

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Biological Anthropology is an introductory text for the study of physical anthropology.  It provides students with up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of the foundations of the field, with a modern biological approach that includes modern innovations and discoveries.

 

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In a field changing as rapidly as human evolutionary science is today, we feel it is critical for active researchers to produce textbooks that serve the needs of students. In addition to the strong biological orientation of the book, we try to frame questions about humankind in light of our understanding of culture and the ways in which culture interacts with biology to create the template for human nature.

 

This first Canadian edition presents Canadian data and examples (on topics such as cloning, obesity, and DNA fingerprinting) and incorporates the results of research being done by Canadian biological anthropologists and affiliated scientists. In addition, the Canadian edition includes a chapter on human skeletal biology (Chapter 18), a topic not traditionally covered in introductory biological anthropology texts.

 

Craig Stanford

John S. Allen

Susan C. Antón

Nancy C. Lovell

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Craig Stanford is a professor of anthropology and biological sciences at the University of Southern California, where he also directs the Jane Goodall Research Center and chairs the Department of Anthropology. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 scientific publications, and has published seven books on primate behaviour and human origins, including Significant Others (2001) and Upright (2003).

 

John Allen is a research scientist and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. His primary research interests are the evolution of the human brain and behaviour, and behavioural disease. He has received university awards for teaching introductory courses in biological anthropology both as a graduate student instructor at the University of California and as a faculty member at the University of Auckland.

 

Susan Antón is an associate professor in the Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of Anthropology at New York University, where she also directs the M.A. program in Human Skeletal Biology. She is joint editor of the Journal of Human Evolution, and has received awards for teaching as a graduate student instructor at the University of California.  As well, she was Teacher of the Year at the University of Florida.

 

Nancy Lovell is a professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta. Her research, funded largely by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, concerns the skeletal biology of ancient peoples, particularly how their skeletons reveal aspects of the interrelationships between culture, environment, and health. She teaches a variety of courses in biological anthropology, including the evidence for diseases in antiquity; the excavation and analysis of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites; and mortuary archaeology. She is a two-term former President of the Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (March 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131828924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131828926
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on June 22, 2007
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Although published as a textbook for university students, this volume is an excellent read for anybody wishing to understand the course of evolution. The authors have assembled a wealth of material, organised it in an effective manner and presented it with outstanding prose skill. Lead author Craig Stanford, whose books on primate behaviour are well-known, is joined by neurologist and geneticist John Allen and anthropologist Susan Anton. The trio brings many years of experience to the task of explaining human origins.

After a brief introduction explaining what is meant by "Biological Anthropology", the authors provide a fine survey of the basic mechanisms of natural selection - DNA and genetics. Their depiction of how the genome is formed and how that structure builds the elements needed for natural selection to operate is an outstanding brief summary. Using available chemicals, DNA's mechanisms to build cells are explained, supplemented by vivid graphic images. From the process of cell building, the authors move on to show how the completed organism must deal with its environment, which includes other creatures, plant life and climate conditions through adaptation down succeeding generations. The authors describe the various factors leading to producing new species, isolation, elapsed time and new conditions. They also address the issue of how fossils and conditions are recorded in time and how researchers use a variety of techniques to determine age and place.

The species of concern, of course, are the primates. The sudden demise of the great reptiles that had ruled the Earth for over 150 million years opened new vistas for the life that survived the catastrophe. Little, fur-bearing creatures moved into niches that allowed rapid change.
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It has been at least three years since I used this textbook in class at UIC, and even though I was generally disappointed in the class due to a professor who seemed annoyed to have to take a break from research to teach, I did well in the class because of how well this book covered the subject from the basics of DNA to the evolution of man. I majored in business and don't work anywhere near the field of Anthropology, but I still love to read up on the subject and watch every documentary I can find that furthers my knowledge of biological anthropology, and I probably wouldn't have any interest in learning about where we come from if it wasn't for this book.
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By Tamanisha John on August 28, 2012
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Book came promptly and is exactly what I needed for class! Having gotten interested in Anthropology my first year at college, I plan on going far with this and this book can help me with that.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Fahey on February 12, 2009
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The book is in the condition that was promised and got here on time. Thanks
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Elizondo on February 13, 2009
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I'm very excited i got this book. I would have had to pay almost $100 for it but since i bought it here i saved a ton. Awesome buy.
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