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Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology (Second Edition) Paperback – December 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0393934984 ISBN-10: 0393934985 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2nd edition (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393934985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393934984
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I tell other instructors that Our Origins is the best introductory text available. I think that it’s great because it provides enough information but not too much. It doesn’t overwhelm the students, so they actually do the reading.” (Emily Brunson, University of Washington)

“[Students] are very enthusiastic about the book, and many comment that they are reading ahead of the lectures just for fun. I think the illustrations also are very attractive and draw students into the text.” (Margaret Streeter, Boise State)

“This text does a good job of narrowing down the field into something that can be presented in a single semester. I was impressed with the quality of the images. The double-page summary figures were extremely effective in summarizing the main points and highlighting important concepts.” (Sara Lynch, Queens College)

“I found the text immediately attractive in a number of ways: very clearly and logically organized, very complete, written in a very engaging and approachable style, great pedagogical tools, and wonderful visuals.” (Chris Loeffler, Irvine Valley College)

“This is an interesting text that explains much of the material in a more engaging way than most texts on the market.” (Mark Griffin, San Francisco State)

“I love the ‘Big Questions’ at the beginning of each chapter. This really is a helpful tool for students, so that they can focus on the main aspects of each chapter. The visuals are great! Most students are visual learners and seeing the illustrations and pictures aids in the learning process.” (Victoria Buresch, Glendale Community College)

“The text is well written. The single author provides excellent continuity in theme and tone.” (Thomas Wynn, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

About the Author

Clark Spencer Larsen heads the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University, Columbus. A native of Nebraska, he received his B.A. from Kansas State University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Clark’s research is in bioarcheology, skeletal biology, and paleoanthropology. He has worked in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Northern Illinois University, Purdue University, and the University of North Carolina. Since 2001, he has been a member of the faculty at Ohio State, where he is a Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He teaches introductory physical anthropology, osteology, bioarcheology, and paleoanthropology. Clark has served as president of the American Associations of Physical Anthropologists and as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. In addition to Our Origins, he has authored or edited 25 books and monographs, including Bioarcheology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton, Skeletons in Our Closet, Advances in Dental Anthropology, and A Companion to Biological Anthropology.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Former Accounting Student on November 26, 2008
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Compared to some anthropology textbooks this one is quite easy to read. It is a first edition so it has a couple minor errors, but nothing too bad. It also doesn't explain some of the contentious points of anthropology, which may confuse some who stumble upon them through research, but I guess that is inevitable for a beginning book.

Not bad overall, and far cheaper on amazon than through the university bookstore :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Black on November 26, 2009
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I purchased this book for a class I will take - the class hasn't started yet, but I'm on chapter 6 of the book - very interesting, well written book. The way the pages are set up makes the reader want to read every word.
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One of the best textbooks I have ever been required to purchase. The writing is captivating, quickly breaking down complicated processes in ways that make it easily accessible to everyone who is interested in anthropology. The book is filled with helpful diagrams and beautiful images. I have recommended this book (and purchased extra copies) for friends to keep as coffee table reading. You will not regret this purchase even if it's not for a class.
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By CRAIG E RESENDEZ on June 28, 2014
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Fascinating
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By T.D. on May 29, 2014
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Excellent book. Great photos and information. This book was required from a physical anthropology class I took. It definitely helped me retain the concepts from lecture.
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By beththatsme17 on March 31, 2014
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I enjoyed this book a lot in my Human Evolution course last semester, however there was quite a bit of information that our professor provided us that was very important or at least good to know, but was not in this book. In the book's defense, this is a field that is rapidly growing right now. Still will definitely be holding onto it for a while though.
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By Francine on March 12, 2014
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I am using this text (renting it) for Physical Anthropology. It is well written, but I do like a written summary at the end which this does not have. It does, however, have a lot of good info that can be accessed via computer.
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By Michelle P on March 8, 2014
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Needed this book for class. The first two chapters dragged on. After a while it got interesting and I couldn't wait to read more!
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