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Evolution and Prehistory: The Human Challenge, 10th Edition

  • William A. Haviland Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont
  • Dana Walrath University of Vermont
  • Harald E.L. Prins Kansas State University
  • Bunny McBride Kansas State University
  • ISBN-10: 1285061411  |  ISBN-13: 9781285061412
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2000
  • © 2014 | Published
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Offering compelling photos, engaging examples, and select studies by anthropologists in a variety of locations around the globe, Haviland, Walrath, Prins and McBride present evolution and prehistory in vivid, accessible terms, and show students how the field is relevant to understanding the complex world around them. The authors explore the fundamental concepts from a holistic perspective using three unifying themes: the varied ways humans face the challenges of existence; the connections between culture and biology in shaping the course of human evolutionary history as well contemporary beliefs and behavior; and the impact of globalization on the continued survival of our species and planet. Streamlined and richly illustrated, human evolution chapters provide the same material vital for an introductory course in human origins as in previous editions but do so with fewer pages of text. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • All chapters contain current data, examples, challenge issues, and chapter-summary commentaries that facilitate understanding of the material. The rich visual program includes many new photographs and line drawings that further enhance the material and serve to better engage students.
  • Chapter 1 introduces students to the holistic discipline of anthropology, with updated descriptions of the anthropological fields including an expanded discussion of developmental and physiological adaptation and material on historical archaeology and other archaeological sub specializations.
  • Chapter 4, "Primate Behavior," addresses ethical questions regarding the use of primates in medical research; the use of baboon studies to reconstruct the lifeways of our ancestors; and material on communication, including syntax in vervet monkeys and dialect in marmosets, as well as Kanzi's communication abilities. The chapter also examines the sophisticated behavior and communication abilities of the great apes and other anthropoid primates. The vital issue of primate conservation is expanded and integrated into the survey of the living primates.
  • Chapter 8, "Early Homo and the Origins of Culture," covers the foundational issues regarding early Homo for an introductory course in human origins.
  • Biocultural Connection boxes illustrate how cultural and biological processes interact to shape human biology, beliefs, and behavior, and reflect the integrated biocultural approach central to the field of anthropology today. Topics include "Why Red is Such a Potent Color" and "The Social Impact of Genetics on Reproduction."
  • Globalscape, a map feature appearing in six chapters, charts the global flow of people, goods, and services, as well as pollutants and pathogens. Showing how the world is connected through human activity, Globalscapes contribute to the text's globalization theme with topics geared toward student interests (e.g., one investigates the global industrial farming practices leading to the Swine flu pandemic). Each one ends with a "Global Twister" question prodding students to think critically about globalization.
  • Original Studies features are excerpts from case studies and other original works by those in the field. Found in most chapters, they illustrate important concepts in the discipline and show students how anthropologists study human beliefs and behavior, past and present. Exciting topics include the works of Michele Goldsmith, ("Ethics of Great Ape Habituation: The Costs and Benefits of Ecotourism") and Frans de Waal ("Reconciliation and its Cultural Modification in Primates").
  • Anthropology Applied boxes focus on the broad range of work anthropologists from around the world undertake and the variety of social contexts in which they practice. With these boxes, students also see what types of career opportunities are available to them outside of academia -- from global infertility to the Congo Heartland Project, forensic anthropology, and rainforest fertility.
  • Visual Counterpoints present side-by-side photos that compare and contrast biological and cultural examples, concepts, and issues across time and around the world. These visual presentations stress the concepts covered, foster critical thinking, and show how evolution and prehistory can enhance students' understanding of the world around them.
  • The book's generous use of figures, photos, and maps gives students a visual explanation of important information. Locator maps illustrate where in the world the chapter's content is taking place.

Table of Contents

1. The Essence of Anthropology.
2. Biology, Genetics, and Evolution.
3. Living Primates.
4. Primate Behavior.
5. Field Methods in Archaeology and Paleoanthropology.
6. The First Bipeds.
7. Early Homo and the Origins of Culture.
8. The Global Expansion of Homo sapiens and Their Technology.
9. The Neolithic Revolution: The Domestication of Plants and Animals.
10. The Emergence of Cities and States.
11. Modern Human Diversity: Race and Racism.
12. Human Adaptation to a Changing World.

What's New

  • Learning objectives at the opening of each chapter guide students through the material.
  • A Chapter Checklist summarizes the chapters in a question-and-answer format.
  • Chapter-openers cover a variety of topics such as DNA Tattoos discussing DNA and identity, primate conservation, bonobos sexuality as a way of thinking about nature vs. nurture, and a tightrope-walking chimp at Fongoli.
  • The author team has included new material covering topics such as sex-selective abortion in India and the "physical dangers" of doing ethnographic research.
  • Chapter 6, "Macroevolution and the Early Primates," in the previous edition has been eliminated and the content is now included in chapters 2 and 5.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

William A. Haviland

William A. Haviland is professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he founded the Department of Anthropology and taught for 32 years. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and has conducted research in archaeology in Guatemala and Vermont; ethnography in Maine and Vermont; and physical anthropology in Guatemala. This work has been the basis of many publications in national and international books and journals, as well as in trade publications. His books include The Original Vermonters, co-authored with Marjorie Power, and a technical monograph on ancient Maya settlement. He served as consultant for the award-winning telecourse Faces of Culture, and he is co-editor of the series Tikal Reports, published by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr. Haviland has lectured to many professional and non-professional audiences in Canada, Mexico, Lesotho, South Africa, and Spain, as well as in the United States. A staunch supporter of indigenous rights, he served as expert witness for the Missisquoi Abenaki of Vermont in a case over aboriginal fishing rights. Dr. Haviland received the University Scholar award by the Graduate School of the University of Vermont in 1990; a Certificate of Appreciation from the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. Francis/Sokoki Band in 1996; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Research on Vermont in 2006. Now retired from teaching, he continues his research, writing, and lecturing from the coast of Maine and serves as a trustee for the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, focused on Maine's Native American history, culture, art, and archaeology. His most recent books are At the Place of the Lobsters and Crabs (2009) and Canoe Indians of Down East Maine (2012).

Dana Walrath

Dana Walrath, an award-winning writer, artist and anthropologist, is a faculty member of University of Vermont's College of Medicine. After earning her PhD in medical and biological anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, she taught there and at Temple University. Dr. Walrath broke new ground in paleoanthropology through her work on the evolution of human childbirth. She has also written on a wide range of topics related to gender in paleoanthropology, the social production of sickness and health, sex differences, genetics, and evolutionary medicine. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and in journals such as Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and Anthropology Now. Her books include Aliceheimer's, a graphic memoir, and Like Water on Stone, a verse novel. She developed a novel curriculum in medical education at the University of Vermont's College of Medicine that brings humanism, anthropological theory and practice, narrative medicine, and professional skills to first-year medical students. She has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has exhibited her artwork in North America and Europe. Her recent work in the field of graphic medicine combines anthropology with memoir and visual art. Spanning a variety of disciplines, her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar at the American University of Armenia and the Institute of Ethnography and Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. She is working on a second graphic memoir that combines her Aliceheimer's work with her fieldwork on aging and memory in Armenia.

Harald E.L. Prins

Harald E.L. Prins is a University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University (KSU). Academically trained at half a dozen Dutch and U.S. universities, he came to the U.S. as a List Fellow at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has taught at Radboud University (Netherlands), as well as Bowdoin College and Colby College in Maine, and as a visiting professor at the University of Lund, Sweden. He has received numerous honors for his teaching, including the Conoco Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in 1993, Presidential Award in 1999, Coffman Chair of Distinguished Teaching Scholars in 2004, Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for Kansas in 2006, and the AAA/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology in 2010. His fieldwork focuses on indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere, and he has long served as an advocacy anthropologist on land claims and other native rights. In that capacity, Dr. Prins has been a lead expert witness in both the U.S. Senate and Canadian federal courts. He has refereed for 40 academic book publishers and journals. His own numerous academic publications appear in nine languages, with books including The Mi'kmaq: Resistance, Accommodation, and Cultural Survival (Margaret Mead Award finalist). Also trained in filmmaking, he served as president of the Society for Visual Anthropology, and has coproduced award-winning documentaries. He has been the visual anthropology editor of American Anthropologist, co-principal investigator for the U.S. National Park Service, international observer in Paraguay's presidential elections, and a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Bunny McBride

Carol Ann (Bunny) McBride is an award-winning author specializing in cultural anthropology, indigenous peoples, international tourism, and nature conservation issues. Published in dozens of national and international print media, she has reported from Africa, Europe, China, and the Indian Ocean. With an MA from Columbia University, she is highly rated as a teacher and has taught at the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies and as visiting anthropology faculty at Principia College. Since 1996, she has been an adjunct lecturer of anthropology at Kansas State University. Her many publication credits include the books Women of the Dawn, Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris, and Our Lives in Our Hands: Micmac Indian Basketmakers; chapters in multiple books; and several co-authored books, including Indians in Eden and The Audubon Field Guide to African Wildlife. Working on a range of issues and projects with Maine Indian tribes since 1981, McBride received a commendation from the Maine state legislature for her research and writing on the history of Native women. Boston Globe Sunday Magazine featured a profile about her, and Maine Public Television made a documentary about her work on Molly Spotted Elk. Recently, she served as investigator for a National Park Service ethnography project and curated several museum exhibits. Her exhibit, "Indians & Rusticators," received a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (2012). She currently serves as president of the Women's World Summit Foundation based in Switzerland, and is wrapping up two books (with co-author Harald Prins): From Indian Island to Omaha Beach: Charles Norman Shay, Penobscot Indian War Hero; and Native Americans in Seacoast Maine: A Natural and Cultural History of Mount Desert Island.