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Exploring Biological Anthropology: The Essentials, 3rd Edition

By Craig Stanford, John S. Allen, Susan C. Antón

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 16, 2012

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Over the past 40 years, the study of biological anthropology has rapidly evolved from focusing on just physical anthropology to including the study of the fossil record and the human skeleton, genetics of individuals and populations, our primate relatives, human adaptation, and human behavior. 


The 3rd edition of Exploring Biological Anthropology combines the most up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of the foundations of the field with modern innovations and discoveries.


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Table of Contents

Part I Foundations

Chapter 1: Introduction: What is Biological Anthropology?   

Chapter 2: Origins of Evolutionary Thought  


Part II Mechanisms of Evolution

Chapter 3: Genetics: Cells and Molecules    

Chapter 4: Genetics: From Genotype to Phenotype 

Chapter 5: The Forces of Evolution and the Formation of Species  

Chapter 6: Human Variation: Evolution, Adaptation, and Adaptability           


Part III Primates

Chapter 7: The Primates

Chapter 8: Primate Behavior 


Part IV The Fossil Record

Chapter 9: Geology and Primate Origins                  

Chapter 10: Early Hominins and Australopithecus               

Chapter 11: Rise of the Genus Homo           

Chapter 12: Archaic Homo sapiens and Neandertals

Chapter 13: The Origin, Dispersal, and Bioarchaeology of Homo sapiens  


Part V  Biology and Behavior of Modern Humans

Chapter 14: Evolution of Brain and Behavior 

Chapter 15: Biomedical and Forensic Anthropology 


Appendix A: Primate and Human Comparative Anatomy

Appendix B: The Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium

Appendix C: Metric-Imperial Conversions