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Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology
Synopses & Reviews
Author Clark Larsen, a leading figure in the field and a teacher at The Ohio State University, knows firsthand the level of detail that students need to grasp the major concepts. With even more of the unparalleled art and thoughtful pedagogy found in the First Edition, coverage of the latest discoveries and theories, and expanded treatment of several key topics, , Second Edition, provides students with the tools they need to visualize and remember key concepts and to answer the "Big Questions" in physical anthropology.
Book News Annotation:
This text for an introductory undergraduate course in physical anthropology is designed to engage majors and non-majors alike who have little no or background in the field, with accessible language and an appealing layout of color photos, locator maps, and illustrations on every page, including a timeline on the fold-out inside covers. The learning features for this second edition include new two-page spreads explaining the work of key figures and the role of key discoveries. Other student-friendly features include boxes on real-world research methods and applications, chapter-opening 'Big Questions,' such as "Is Race a Valid, Biologically Meaningful Concept?," with answers at the chapter's end, and AnthroTours, which offer virtual Google Earth tours of key locations discussed in the text. The text begins with the study of living organisms, with material on key concepts in biology from an evolutionary perspective, then presents evidence of the past 50 million years. Unlike many texts, coverage continues into developments since the appearance of modern humans 10,000 years ago, such as the development of agriculture and animal domestication. Part III explores issues such as global obesity and emerging infectious diseases. This second edition contains a new chapter on primate behavior and new content on the evolution of uniquely human behaviors. The companion website features review quizzes incorporating art and photos from the text, flashcards (many with images), and video links. Larsen heads the department of anthropology at The Ohio State University. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Accessible and authoritative: the #1 text in physical anthropology.
About the Author
Clark Spencer Larsen is a past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, has served as editor of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, is the chair of the anthropology department at The Ohio State University, and is a leader in the field of bioarchaeology. His books include Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past through Bioarchaeology (Princeton University Press) and Bioarchaeology of Spanish Florida: The Impact of Colonialism (University Press of Florida).
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