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Essentials of Physical Anthropology (with InfoTrac) Paperback – July 18, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0534614348 ISBN-10: 0534614345 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 5 edition (July 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534614345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534614348
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Jurmain received an A.B. in Anthropology from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard. He taught at San Jose State University from 1975-2004 and is now a Professor Emeritus. During his teaching career he taught courses in all the major branches of physical anthropology, with the greatest concentration in general education teaching for introductory students. His areas of research interest are skeletal biology of humans and non-human primates; paleopathology; and paleoanthropology. In addition to his three textbooks, which together have appeared in 23 editions, he is author of numerous articles in research journals as well as the book, STORIES FROM THE SKELETON: BEHAVIORAL RECONSTRUCTION IN HUMAN OSTEOLOGY (1999, Gordon & Breach Publishers).

Lynn Kilgore earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and holds an affiliate faculty position at Colorado State University, where her primary research interests are osteology and paleopathology. Her research has focused on evidence of disease and trauma in human and great ape skeletons.

Wenda Trevathan is Regents Professor of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, where she has been on the faculty since 1983. She is a biological anthropologist whose research focuses on the evolutionary and biocultural factors underlying human reproduction including childbirth, maternal behavior, sexuality, and menopause. Her primary publications include works on the evolution of childbirth and evolutionary medicine. She teaches courses in physical anthropology, nutritional anthropology, medical anthropology, evolutionary medicine, and anthropology of reproduction.

Harry Nelson received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Nelson originally studied cultural anthropology, and broadened his teaching and research interests to include both cultural and physical anthropology. Dr. Nelson pursued his interest in physical anthropology when he teamed with colleague Dr. Robert Jurmain to develop a new text. The resulting first edition of INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY appeared in 1979, and has regularly been revised and updated since that time. Dr. Nelson taught at Foothill College, CA., until his retirement. In December 2000, following a long illness, Dr. Nelson passed away.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray S on April 27, 2006
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I bought this book for a lower-division anthropology class, and found it one of the few books used for college that i actually enjoyed reading. The writing is clear and straightforward, and the book has many maps, pictures, tables, and diagrams for understanding major points and for visual stimulation. Besides the evolution of modern humans from primate ancestors, the book also provides an introduction to genetics, primate behavior, important archaeological finds, human variation and adaptations, and more. I'm not an anthropologist so I can't attest to the accuracy of the book, but as a biology student I enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it. Minus one star because for the price it should go into a bit more detail.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hahaha on March 14, 2008
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