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How Humans Evolved

ISBN-10: 0393932710
ISBN-13: 9780393932713
Edition: 5th 2009
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Description: With its unique blend of evolutionary theory, population genetics and behavioral ecology, How Humans Evolved provides students with the most contemporary and complete introduction to physical anthropology available. Robert Boyd and Joan B. Silk’s  More...

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Book details

List price: $110.80
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 474
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

With its unique blend of evolutionary theory, population genetics and behavioral ecology, How Humans Evolved provides students with the most contemporary and complete introduction to physical anthropology available. Robert Boyd and Joan B. Silk’s modern presentation of genetics and observable behaviors in living humans and non-human primates moves beyond merely describing anthropological finds to showing students the “big picture” ideas behind human evolution.For the Fifth Edition, Boyd and Silk have updated the text to include the best of current research in the areas of genetics, behavior and the fossil record that conveys the excitement of anthropological discovery. This new coverage reflects strengthened coverage of molecular genetics and a streamlined presentation of primatology. FeaturesUp-to-date, with forward-looking contentHow Humans Evolved weaves the best of current research withclassic material in a way students find accessible and compelling. Forthe Fifth Edition, Boyd and Silk have streamlined the coverage ofprimatology in Part II: Primate Ecology and Behavior. They have alsostrengthened the coverage of molecular genetics to include new contentreflecting the growing importance of genetics to anthropologicalresearch. A focus on behavioral ecologyHow Humans Evolved focuses on the science behind what weknow about human evolution by examining the connection between geneticsand observable behavior in living humans and primates. Specifically: Part II: Primate Ecology and Behaviorincludes extensive coverage of behavior with full chapters on primatemating systems, cooperation and life histories and the evolution ofintelligence. These chapters come before coverage of the fossil record,providing students with context for how humans lived in the past andhow we evolved into who we are today. Two chaptersin Part IV: Evolution and Modern Humans directly address human behaviorand human mate choice and parenting, topics students find fascinatingand relevant to their own lives. Accessible art and text Boyd and Silk use figures in unique,clever and accessible ways-such as using the children's game 'Cooties'to describe speciation and presenting fossil comparisons with the sameorientation and scale-to convey important chapter concepts. Highlighted Key Idea statements focus students' attention on each chapter's most important concepts. Study questions at the end of every chapter extend and apply chapter readings to related concepts discussed throughout the text.With its unique blend of evolutionary theory, population genetics and behavioral ecology, How Humans Evolved provides students with the most contemporary and complete introduction to physical anthropology available. Robert Boyd and Joan B. Silk's modern presentation of genetics and observable behaviors in living humans and non-human primates moves beyond merely describing anthropological finds to showing students the 'big picture' ideas behind human evolution. For the Fifth Edition, Boyd and Silk have updated the text to include the best of current research in the areas of genetics, behavior and the fossil record that conveys the excitement of anthropological discovery. This new coverage reflects strengthened cover

Joan B. Silk has conducted extensive research on the social lives of monkeys and apes, including extended fieldwork on chimpanzees at Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania and on baboons in Kenya and Botswana. She is also interested in the application of evolutionary thinking to human behavior. She has published numerous articles in scientific journals and edited volumes. She is currently a professor in the School of Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.

How Evolution Works
Adaptation by Natural Selection
Genetics
The Modern Synthesis
Speciation and Phylogeny
Primate Ecology and Behavior
Primate Diversity and Ecology
Primate Mating Systems
Evolution of Cooperation
Primate Life Histories and the Evolution of Intelligence
The History of the Human Lineage
From Tree Shrew to Ape
From Hominoid to Hominin
Oldowan Toolmakers and the Origin of Human Life History
From Hominin to Homo
Homo sapiens and the Evolution of Modern Human Behavior
Evolution and Modern Humans
Human Genetic Variation
Evolution and Human Behaviour
Human Mate Choice and Parenting

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