The Human Species: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology

The Human Species: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology

9th Edition

By John Relethford

  • Copyright: 2013

  • Publication Date: May 01 2012

  • ISBN 10: 0078034981

  • ISBN 13: 9780078034985

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In its ninth edition, The Human Species continues to provide a comprehensive approach to biological anthropology, especially the relationship between biology and culture, behavior in an evoluti

In its ninth edition, The Human Species continues to provide a comprehensive approach to biological anthropology, especially the relationship between biology and culture, behavior in an evolutionary context, and humans as a species within the primate order. With its lively narrative and emphasis on the most current topics and findings in the field, The Human Species explores the major questions that concern biological anthropologists about our species.

  • Language: English

  • Imprint: McGraw-Hill College

  • Dimension: 8 x 10

  • Page Count: 544

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  • Coverage of hominins has been extensively reworked to bring greater understanding to what is often an extremely challenging topic for students. Students will now find stronger foundational material on bipedalism at the beginning of the chapter on early hominins, and a simpler coverage of the early hominin fossil record.
  • Updated to reflect the most recent findings including hunting in chimpanzees, Ardipithecus, Australopithecus sediba, new dates for Homo erectus in Southeast Asia, the Neandertal genome, the Denisovans, the history of the race concept, and the genetics of human skin color.
  • New ?Information Boxes? provide students with additional information on topics such as epigenetics, brain size and intelligence, the ?Hobbit,? and changes in human life expectancies.
  • New appendix discusses skeletal biology, with particular focus on forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology.
  • Correlation Guide:

    www.mhhe.com/mhcp/CorrelationGuides/AE_Physical_Anthropology_1314.pdf

    This convenient guide matches the units in Annual Editions: Physical Anthropology 13/14 with the corresponding chapters in four of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Anthropology textbooks by Fuentes, Relethford, Park, and Stein/Rowe.

  • Correlation Guide:

    www.mhhe.com/mhcp/CorrelationGuides/AE_Physical_Anthropology_1415.pdf

    This convenient guide matches the articles in Annual Editions: Physical Anthropology 14/15 with The Human Species: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology, 9/e by Relethford, Biological Anthropology, 7/e by Park.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the relationship between biology and culture. The biocultural framework is introduced in the first chapter and integrated throughout the text.
  • Emphasis on the human species in its context within the primate order. Discussions of mammals and nonhuman primates continually refer to their potential relevance for understanding the human species.
  • Behavior is discussed in an evolutionary context. The evolutionary nature of primate and human behavior is emphasized in a number of chapters, including those on primate biology and behavior and the fossil record of human evolution.
  • Focus on hypothesis testing helps readers to see how new data can lead to changes in basic models and better understand the big picture of biological anthropology.
  • All areas of contemporary biological anthropology are covered. In addition to traditional coverage of areas such as genetics, evolutionary theory, primate behavior, and the fossil record, the text includes material on genetics and population history, human growth, epidemiology, and demography.

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Preface

Introduction: Anthropology and Biological Anthropology

Part I Evolutionary Background

1 Science and Evolution

2 Human Genetics

3 The Forces of Evolution

4 The Ev

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Preface

Introduction: Anthropology and Biological Anthropology

Part I Evolutionary Background

1 Science and Evolution

2 Human Genetics

3 The Forces of Evolution

4 The Evolution and Classification of Species

Part II Our Place in Nature

5 The Primates

6 Primate Behavior and Ecology

7 The Human Species

Part III Our Origins

8 The Fossil Record

9 Primate Origins and Evolution

10 The First Hominins

11 The Origin of the Genus Homo

12 The Evolution of Archaic Humans

13 The Origin of Modern Humans

Part IV Our Diversity

14 Race and Human Variation

15 Recent Human Evolution

16 Human Biocultural Adaptation

17 The Biological Impact of Agriculture and Civilization

Epilogue The Future of Our Species

Appendix 1: Cell Biology

Appendix 2: Skeletal Biology: Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

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References

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Index

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About the Authors

John Relethford

Dr. John Relethford holds the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and has received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received his BA (1975), MA (1978), and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany. His textbook, The Human Species: An Introduction to Biological Anthropology, was first published in 1990, and is currently in the eighth edition. He has also written Genetics and the Search for Modern Human Origins and Reflections of Our Past: How Human History is Revealed in Our Genes, and is coauthor of Human Biological Variation. In addition, he has authored or coauthored over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, 18 book chapters, and numerous book reviews and other publications. He has served as both President and Vice-President of both the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the American Association of Anthropological Genetics. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.