Higher Education

Lab Manual and Workbook for Physical Anthropology, 7th Edition

  • Diane L. France Colorado State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495810851  |  ISBN-13: 9780495810858
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2001
  • © 2011 | Published
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Now in full color, Diane France's lab manual balances the study of human osteology, forensic anthropology, anthropometry, primates, human evolution, and genetics with a new chapter on growth & development, more material on disease and more on the anomalies of the human skeleton caused by disease and mechanical stress. Redundant and complex exercises have been pulled and the art program has been greatly enhanced with color images that include scales and orientation information. Exercises now contain thumbnail images of the related images for easy reference. 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 problems that help make the concepts of physical anthropology easier to understand. This edition has been thoroughly reviewed, error-checked, revised and updated for complete accuracy and more balanced coverage of topic material. Diane France brings full color visuals, a new chapter on Growth & Development, a unique chapter on Forensic Anthropology 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.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides up-to-date laboratory materials and exercises in a clear and accessible format.
  • The manual and workbook emphasizes important scientific concepts that can sometimes be difficult for students to understand. Tangible descriptions and exercises help students understanding of human osteology, forensic anthropology, anthropometry, primates, human evolution, and genetics.
  • Margin definitions and a glossary provide students with key terms for understanding concepts and an overall review of the material in the chapters.
  • Helpful hints in the margin aid in student understanding of complex material.
  • Exercises at the end of each chapter allow instructors to assess student comprehension.

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • This edition now features an Introduction which explains in some detail the 'Scientific method and critical thinking' as well as more explanatory information in each chapter.
  • Also new in this edition is a 'Click It!' website icon and directive that will be integrated in the body of the text as marginalia, directing students to the book's companion website for interactive exercises and more visual examples of material being discussed.
  • More human Osteology, more on human evolution, and more sample problems using real data are also included.
  • The genetics chapter (formerly one big chapter) has been split into two chapters to reflect basic cellular or Mendelian genetics (Chapter One) and the application of genetics to population and heredity (Chapter Two); both of these chapters include more sample problems and step-by-step instructions.
  • Some material has been moved around and the TOC re-organized to flow more consistently with the way the introductory course is generally taught, while it places less emphasis on one big section of forensic anthropology by integrating some of this material as examples throughout the text.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Introduction to Physical Anthropology 2011-2012 Edition, 13th + Lab Manual and Workbook for Physical Anthropology, 7th

ISBN-10: 1133074081 | ISBN-13: 9781133074083

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  • Introduction to Physical Anthropology 2011-2012 Edition
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  • Lab Manual and Workbook for Physical Anthropology
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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0840036817 | ISBN-13: 9780840036810)

New to this edition of the workbook, we have developed an online Instructor’s Manual and test bank to help you prepare for lectures, discussions, and lab assignments. Each chapter of the IM includes learning objectives, key terms and concepts with correspond page number references, chapter summaries, and Internet resources to chapter-related material. Each chapter also includes lab exercise guides to facilitate student understanding for each exercise in the workbook. These exercise guides include exercise introductions, page references to relevant chapter material, critical thinking questions, and additional lab exercises for students.

AIDS in Africa DVD  (ISBN-10: 0495171832 | ISBN-13: 9780495171836)

Expand your students’ global perspective of HIV/AIDS with this award-winning documentary series focused on controlling HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. Films focus on caregivers in the faith community; how young people share messages of hope through song and dance; the relationship of HIV/AIDS to gender, poverty, stigma, education, and justice; and the story of two HIV-positive women helping others.

Anthropology Resource Center Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495394548 | ISBN-13: 9780495394549)

This hands-on online center offers a wealth of information and useful tools for both instructors and students in all four fields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. It includes interactive maps, learning modules, video exercises, and breaking news in anthropology.

List Price = $27.00  | CengageBrain Price = $27.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.00

Virtual Laboratories for Physical Anthropology CD-ROM, Version 4.0  (ISBN-10: 049500992X | ISBN-13: 9780495009924)

Through the use of video segments, interactive exercises, quizzes, 3-D animations, sound, and digital images, students can actively participate in 12 labs on their terms—at home, in the library, or at any time! Recent fossil discoveries are included, as well as exercises in behavior and archaeology, and critical-thinking and problem-solving activities. When you order Virtual Laboratories on the web-based CengageNOW platform, a powerful course management component allows you to reorder the labs, move content within the labs, utilize the pre-lab and post-lab tests for each lab, and track how much time students spend on each lab. Virtual Laboratories includes Web links, outstanding fossil images, exercises, a notebook feature, and a post-lab self-quiz. Virtual Laboratories is also available on CD (with a portion of the features and functionality of the online version).

List Price = $216.95  | CengageBrain Price = $216.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $160.50

Student Supplements

Anthropology Resource Center Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495394548 | ISBN-13: 9780495394549)

This hands-on interactive learning resource reinforces key concepts in the four main fields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Experience the fun of learning with dynamic exercises and contemporary video clips with critical-thinking questions. Use the learning modules, map exercises, the latest breaking news and interactive exercises to help you prepare for exams and conduct research for papers.

List Price = $27.00  | CengageBrain Price = $27.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.00

Virtual Laboratories for Physical Anthropology CD-ROM, Version 4.0  (ISBN-10: 049500992X | ISBN-13: 9780495009924)

Ever wish you could just do your lab work from home? Now you can. With VIRTUAL LABORATORIES FOR PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY CD-ROM you can do all 12 labs from your room. You'll use video clips, 3-D animation, and data from the latest fossil finds to test your hypotheses or discover new research directions. You can even take notes in the program, and then print them out when it's test time. With in-depth information, interactive labs, and test-prep all included, this is the best lab program available. Log on and start doing anthropology from home today!

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Diane L. France

Diane France received her Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Colorado and was certified in forensic anthropology in 1989 by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology; she is currently on the board of directors and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. France is the director of the Laboratory for Human Identification at Colorado State University and is the president of NecroSearch, International, a multidisciplinary team dedicated to helping law enforcement search for clandestine graves and recovering evidence (including bodies) from those crime scenes. She is active in the federal disaster mortuary team, DMORT, and has responded to numerous mass fatality incidents. She is also a member of the Colorado Body Identification Team. Dr. France is well-known from her fossil casting business and as a board-certified forensic anthropologist.