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Diane France's LAB MANUAL AND WORKBOOK FOR PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 8th Edition, balances the study of genetics, human osteology, human growth and development, primate morphology and behavior, anthropometry, pathology and anomalies, human variation and forensic anthropology. In addition to providing hands-on lab assignments that help students apply physical anthropology perspectives and techniques to real situations, the Lab Manual provides a wealth of solid information and photographs that support the identification and observation of problems that help make the concepts of physical anthropology easier to understand. Dr. France brings full-color visuals, marginal definitions of terms and concepts used in the text, sample problems, and an online Instructor's Manual that includes answers to the exercises contained in the Lab Manual, to make this manual even easier to integrate into your course.
- This book invites the student to critically evaluate every topic, and not accept anything on faith. It is important to explain controversial topics in a fair and balanced way but still be responsible to the science behind each concept. The science must be unfolded in a way that leaves few mysteries open to misinterpretation, and that is done in this edition.
- Photographs and detailed illustrations are more important than wordy descriptions when explaining new concepts to students. This book contains many high quality photographs, which also means that instructors do not have to have as many bones and fossils to help in osteology and evolution sections.
- Nothing studied as a part of physical/biological anthropology has changed the discipline more than advances in genetics. This book introduces genetically modified organisms (GMOs), gene modification in human stem cells, and discusses the concept of “fossil genes” that can now be detected in the genomes of humans and other organisms. These “fossil genes” are roadmaps in evolution and do much to explain morphological differences and relatedness between species. As genes are studied, we will learn a great deal more about specific evolutionary paths.
- Paleoanthropology is always on the forefront of advances in physical anthropology, and this book is up to date into 2017. Each human evolution chapter starts with a table that condenses the information about fossils, locations and dates discussed in the chapter to make the information more manageable.
- More of the problems and samples use real world data and involve real controversies.
- New tables have been provided in each evolution chapter to provide a summary of the species, locations and dates of fossils discussed in the chapters. This will make it easier for the student and instructor to follow the trends in evolution.
- This edition incorporates current advances in human evolution and genetics, including controversial topics such as genetically modified organisms, gene modification in humans, and the discovery of Neanderthal genetic material in some modern human populations.
- Tangible descriptions and exercises help students understanding of human osteology, forensic anthropology, anthropometry, primates, human evolution, and genetics.
- The many photographs and illustrations make using this book easier than other books that have few illustrations and wordy descriptions. This book provides up-to-date laboratory materials and exercises in a clear and accessible format.
- When discussing important scientific concepts, it is vital to unfold the elements of those concepts in a clear and stepwise fashion. This book does that.
- Marginal definitions and a thorough glossary provide students with key terms for understanding concepts and an overall review of the material in the chapters. Helpful hints about complex material are also provided in the margins.
- Exercises and discussion points at the end of each chapter allow instructors to assess student comprehension and allow students to provide input about interesting and controversial topics. They challenge the student to use logic and science. This also allows instructors to find out more about the background education and beliefs of the students to better decide how to address controversial topics in class.
Introduction to Science and Critical Thinking.
1. Cellular Genetics.
2. Population Genetics and Heredity.
3. Human Osteology.
4. Growth and Development.
5. Biological Classification.
6. Comparison of the Skeletons of Quadrupeds, Bipeds, and Brachiators.
7. Comparing the Living Primates.
8. Observation of Living Primate Behavior and Morphology.
9. Early Evolution of Primates in the Paleocene, Eocene, and Oligocene.
10. Miocene Primate Evolution.
11. The Early Hominins.
12. The Genus Homo.
13. Anthropometry, Nonmetric Traits, and Dermatoglyphics.
14. Abnormalities in the Skeleton: Pathology, Anomalies, and Intentional Modification.
15. Human Skeletal Variation and Forensic Anthropology.
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