This concise introduction to biological (physical) anthropology discusses the core areas of the discipline within a unique framework modeled on the scientific method. Each chapter poses questions that get at the heart of the field, answers them, and then reexamines them in the same way that scientists generate and test hypotheses.
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THE EVOLUTION OF EVOLUTION
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adaptive afarensis Africa allele frequency ancestors animals apes areas Asia Australopithecus Australopithecus anamensis baboons basic behavior bioanthropology biological anthropology bipedal bones bonobos brain Chapter chimpanzees chimps chromosomes cladistic complex cranial cultural Darwin dating discussion disease early hominid earth environment environmental evidence evolutionary evolved example extinct females Figure flakes fossils founder effect gametes gene flow genetic code genetic variation genome genotype geographic gorilla hominid Homo erectus Homo sapiens human species Hutterites idea important individual living males mammals mate million modern Homo sapiens modern humans monkeys mtDNA mutation natural selection Neandertals offspring organisms origin Paranthropus percent phenotypic populations primates processes of evolution produce prosimians proteins race recent relative remains reproductive result scientific separate species sexual sickle cell skeleton skin color skull social stone tools taster taxonomy technique teeth tion traits tree