New PDF release: Introduction to Physical Anthropology (2011-2012 Edition)

By Robert Jurmain, Lynn Kilgore, Wenda Trevathan, Russell L. Ciochon

ISBN-10: 1111297932

ISBN-13: 9781111297930

Creation TO actual ANTHROPOLOGY 2011-2012 keeps to provide a present, well-balanced, and finished creation to the sector, combining an interesting writing type and compelling visible content material to carry the learn of actual anthropology to lifestyles for today's scholars. With a spotlight at the mammoth photo of human evolution, the textual content is helping scholars grasp the elemental ideas of the topic and arrive at an knowing of the human species and its position within the organic international. This ebook keeps to maintain speed with adjustments within the box via together with thorough assurance of state-of-the-art advances in molecular biology and genomics, primatology, key fossil discoveries, and glossy human biology. a brand new "Conclusion: Why it Matters", drives domestic the significance of realizing human evolution and the fabulous effect our species has had, and should proceed to have, at the atmosphere and all existence varieties in the world.

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The development of critical thinking skills should be an important and lasting benefit of a college education. These skills are valuable in everyday life because they enable people to evaluate, compare, analyze, critique, and synthesize information so they won’t accept everything they hear and read at face value. The advertising industry provides an excellent illustration of the need for critical thinking. Cosmetics companies tell us, among other things, that collagen creams will reduce wrinkles because collagen is a principal protein component of connective tissue, including skin.

Physical anthropologists, for example, are interested in how humans both differ from and are similar to other animals, especially nonhuman primates. For example, we’ve defined hominins as bipedal primates, but what are the major anatomical components of bipedal locomotion, and how do they differ from, say, those in a quadrupedal ape? To answer these questions, we would need to study the anatomical structures involved in human locomotion (muscles, hips, legs, and feet) and compare them with the same structures in various nonhuman primates.

As Charles Darwin discovered, it’s extremely difficult (actually impossible) to effectively study evolutionary processes without knowing how traits are inherited. Therefore, modern physical anthropology wouldn’t exist as an evolutionary science if it weren’t for advances in the understanding of genetic mechanisms. In fact, many biological anthropologists (called molecular anthropologists) specialize in genetics. Molecular anthropologists use cutting-edge technologies to investigate evolutionary relationships between human populations as well as between humans and nonhuman primates.

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