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Biological Anthropology (5TH 06 - Old Edition)

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This concise introduction to biological anthropology discusses the core areas of the discipline within a unique framework modeled on the scientific method. The text emphasizes themes and theories: facts are presented as supportive evidence rather than dissociated pieces of information. Each chapter poses questions that get at the heart of the field, answers them, and then reexamines them in the same way that scientists generate and test hypotheses. Unlike all other brief biological anthropology texts, this is not an abridged version of a longer text. Its presentation is fluid, well integrated, and covers all the standard topics in a carefully managed level of detail. Well-paced explanations, an inviting tone, and examples of the everyday uses of biological anthropology make the text a pleasure to read.

About the Author

Michael Alan Park (Ph.D. Indiana, 1979) is a professor of anthropology at Central Connecticut State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1973, teaching courses in general anthropology, human evolution, biocultural diversity, human ecology, forensic anthropology, and the evolution of human behavior. His interests focus on the application of evolutionary theory to the story of human evolution and on the quality of science education and the public perception and understanding of scientific matters. He is the author or co-author of four current texts in anthropology as well as technical and popular articles.

Table of Contents

Previous Edition TOC

1. BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

In the Field: Doing Biological Anthropology

What Is Biological Anthropology?

Bioanthropology and Science

Contemporary Reflections: Is Evolution a Fact, a Theory or Just a Hypothesis?

Summary

Questions for Further Thought

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

2. THE EVOLUTION OF EVOLUTION

“On the Shoulders of Giants”: Explaining the Changing Earth

“Common Sense at Its Best”: Explaining Biological Change

Contemporary Reflections: Has Science Dehumanized Society?

Summary

Questions for Further Thought

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

3. EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS

How Genes Work

An Overview of the Human Genome

From Gene to Trait

How Inheritance Works

Contemporary Reflections: What Is Genetic Cloning?

Summary

Questions for Further Thought

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

4. THE PROCESSES OF EVOLUTION

Species: The Units of Evolution

Mutations: Necessary Errors

Natural Selection: The Prime Mover of Evolution

Gene Flow: Mixing Populations’ Genes

(and more...)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780073530970
Author:
Park, Michael Alan
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies
Author:
Park, Michael
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Physical anthropology
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
5
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
447
Dimensions:
9.06x7.38x.67 in. 1.67 lbs.

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