A Companion to Biological Anthropology (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Anthropology)

A Companion to Biological Anthropology (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Anthropology)

By: Clark Spencer Larsen (editor)Hardback

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An extensive overview of the rapidly growing field of biological anthropology; chapters are written by leading scholars who have themselves played a major role in shaping the direction and scope of the discipline. * Extensive overview of the rapidly growing field of biological anthropology * Larsen has created a who s who of biological anthropology, with contributions from the leading authorities in the field * Contributing authors have played a major role in shaping the direction and scope of the topics they write about * Offers discussions of current issues, controversies, and future directions within the area * Presents coverage of the many recent innovations and discoveries that are transforming the subject

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Clark Spencer Larsen is Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University. He has served as president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. He is the author or editor of more than 25 books and monographs, including Advances in Dental Anthropology (with Marc A. Kelley, 1991), Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton (1997), Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past through Bioarchaeology (2002), and Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology (2008).


List of Illustrations x

List of Tables xvi

Notes on Contributors xvii

Acknowledgments xxv

Introduction 1

Part I History 11

1 History of Biological Anthropology 13 Michael A. Little and Robert W. Sussman

Part II The Present and the Living 39

2 Evolution: What It Means and How We Know 41 Kenneth M. Weiss and Anne V. Buchanan

3 Systematics, Taxonomy, and Phylogenetics: Ordering Life, Past and Present 56 Bernard A. Wood

4 The Study of Human Population Genetics 74 John H. Relethford

5 Human Molecular Genetics: The DNA Revolution and Variation 88 Dennis H. O Rourke

6 Deconstructing Race: Racial Thinking, Geographic Variation, and Implications for Biological Anthropology 104 Rachel Caspari

7 Growth, Development, Senescence, and Aging: A Life History Perspective 124 Douglas E. Crews and Barry Bogin

8 Climate-Related Morphological Variation and Physiological Adaptations in Homo sapiens 153 Gary D. James

9 Emerging Themes in Anthropology and Epidemiology: Geographic Spread, Evolving Pathogens, and Syndemics 167 Lisa Sattenspiel and D. Ann Herring

10 Demographic Estimation: Indirect Techniques for Anthropological Populations 179 Timothy B. Gage

11 Nutrition, Health, and Function 194 Darna L. Dufour

12 Ongoing Evolution in Humans 207 Lorena Madrigal and Jessica Willoughby

13 Primates Defined 222 W. Scott McGraw

14 Primate Behavior and Sociality 243 Karen B. Strier

15 Evolution of the Brain, Cognition, and Speech 258 Dean Falk

Part III The Past and the Dead 273

16 Primate Origins: The Early Cenozoic Fossil Record 275 Gregg F. Gunnell and Mary T. Silcox

17 Catarrhine Cousins: The Origin and Evolution of Monkeys and Apes of the Old World 295 David R. Begun

18 The Earliest Hominins 314 Scott W. Simpson

19 Origins, Evolution, and Dispersal of Early Members of the Genus Homo 341 G. Philip Rightmire

20 Species, Populations, and Assimilation in Later Human Evolution 357 Fred H. Smith

21 Bioarchaeology: Health, Lifestyle, and Society in Recent Human Evolution 379 Clark Spencer Larsen and Phillip L. Walker

22 Paleopathology: A Contemporary Perspective 395 Jane E. Buikstra

23 Issues in Forensic Anthropology 412 Douglas H. Ubelaker

24 Paleogenetics: Ancient DNA in Anthropology 427 Frederika A. Kaestle

Part IV The Living and the Dead 443

25 Diet Reconstruction and Ecology Using Stable Isotope Ratios 445 Margaret J. Schoeninger

26 Current Concepts in Bone Biology 465 James H. Gosman and Samuel D. Stout

27 Growing Planes : Incremental Growth Layers in the Dental Enamel of Human Ancestors 485 Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg

28 Understanding Skull Function from a Mechanobiological Perspective 501 David J. Daegling

29 Tooth Form and Function in Biological Anthropology 516 Peter S. Ungar and Peter W. Lucas

30 Locomotor Function across Primates (Including Humans) 530 Daniel L. Gebo

Part V Science and Education 545

31 Science Education and Physical Anthropology 547 Martin K. Nickels

Index 561

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/04/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781405189002
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 608
  • ID: 9781405189002
  • weight: 1212
  • ISBN10: 1405189002

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