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Physical Anthropology


By: Philip L Stein and Bruce M Rowe

510 pages, Col and b/w photos, illus, figs, tabs, maps

McGraw Hill

Paperback | Dec 2000 | Edition: 7 | #52474 | ISBN: 0072282290
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NHBS Price: £29.99 $37/€34 approx

About this book

Since the first edition of "Physical Anthropology, over a quarter century ago, Stein and Rowe have been helping to teach physical anthropology to tens of thousands of students. In this new edition, these award winning teachers and authors continue to share their love of discovery with students in this balanced, objective introduction to physical anthropology that does not assume that students have any previous knowledge of the subject. Carefully streamlined, making it more accessible and affordable, this seventh edition provides students with a pedagogical program designed to facilitate comprehension. Every concept is carefully explained and illustrated, guiding students step-by-step through difficult material. Despite changes in organization and length, this text maintains its emphasis on three important themes. First, that anthropology is a holistic discipline, second, that human beings are an integral part of nature, and third, because humans depend on learned behavior, our maintenance of a balance with nature can be strengthened by an understanding of our evolutionary past. As always, Stein and Rowe use the most current data to unravel the mystery of the evolution of humankind, and to examine the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment.


Investigating the nature of humankind; the study of heredity; the modern study of human genetics; population genetics; natural selection and the origin of species; people's place in nature; the living primates; comparative studies - anatomy and genetics; primate behaviour; human behaviour in perspective; the record of the past; the early primate fossil record; the early hominids; the genus homo; the evolution of modern homo sapiens; the analysis of human variation. Appendix: an introduction to skeletal anatomy and the anatomy of the brain.

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