2nd Edition

Biological Anthropology and Prehistory
Exploring Our Human Ancestry





ISBN 9780205519262
Published November 13, 2007 by Routledge
592 Pages

USD $190.00

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Book Description

Written specifically for courses that cover biological anthropology and archaeology, this superbly illustrated new text offers the most balanced and up-to-date introduction to our human past.

  • Devoting equal time to biological anthropology and prehistory, this text exposes students to the many sides of major controversial issues, involving students in the scientific thought process by allowing them to draw their own conclusions.
  • Amidst discussions of bones and artifacts, the text maintains a focus on people, demonstrating to students how biological anthropology and archaeology apply to their lives today. 
  • Featuring the latest research and findings pulled from the original sources, this new text is far and away the most up-to-date text available.  In addition, the superior art program features hundreds of photographs and figures, and the multimedia presentation options include documentary film clips and lecture launcher videos.

Pat Rice, a recipient of AAA’s Outstanding Teacher Award and past-president of the General Anthropology Division of AAA, and Norah Moloney, an experienced professor and active archaeologist, present the material in a clear, refreshing, and straightforward writing style.

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Discipline of Anthropology
PART II: BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION TO HUMANS
Chapter 2: Theories and Methods in Studying Biological Anthropology
Chapter 3: Principles of Biological Evolution
Chapter 4: Macroevolution to Primates
Chapter 5: Primates: Introduction, In Evolution, Potential Hominids
Chapter 6: African Hominids: Australopithecines and Homo habilis
Chapter 7: Later Hominids: Homo erectus and Homo sapiens
PART III: PREHISTORY: OLD WORLD AND NEW WORLD
Chapter 8: Theories and Methods in Studying Prehistoric Cultures
Chapter 9: Early Cultures in the Old World
Chapter 10: Later Hunter-Gatherers in the Old World
Chapter 11: Old World Nation States
Chapter 12: Hunter-Gatherers and Farmers in the New World
Chapter 13: New World Nation States
PART IV: CONTEMPORARY PRIMATES AND HUMANS
Chapter 14: Contemporary Primates
Chapter 15: Contemporary Humans
PART V: CONCLUSIONS
Chapter 16: Conclusions

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Author(s)

Biography

Patricia C. Rice, West Virginia University
Norah Moloney, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Reviews

“I consider Rice and Moloney to be an excellent basic handbook for undergraduate anthropology students focusing on either biological/physical anthropology and/or archaeology … I know of no other text that contains this basic ‘canon’ of knowledge within the covers of one book.”
Teryl E. Schessler, California State University- Fullerton
“The general approach is highly descriptive and even-handed with respect to controversial issues.  As such it is easily readable, would be comfortable to teach, and is well- illustrated.”
Joan Brenner Coltrain, University of Utah
“Every chapter in this book is extremely well done and it is very much up to date.”
Joanna Casey, University of South Carolina
“A solid introduction to human biological and cultural evolution.”
James A. Delle, Kutztown University

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