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  • Forthcoming: September 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93866-1
  • 480 pages
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    The big picture of physical anthropology.

    Essentials of Physical Anthropology, Third Edition, is rich with stunning and photorealistic art, thoughtful pedagogy, innovative media, and up-to-date, student-centered content that illuminate physical anthropology’s most important themes.


    Helps students see the big picture

    Every chapter of the Third Edition opens with a Big Question that frames the discussion to come, while summary answers to these questions conclude each chapter. An immersive 3D art program—offering two-page spreads rich with detailed, photorealistic, and accuracy-checked illustrations of bones, skeletons, and primates—helps students visualize important material. An emphasis on simplicity and clarity results in visuals that support—and do not distract from—key concepts. 

    InQuizitive improves student understanding of key learning objectives

    Norton’s new formative, adaptive learning tool improves student understanding of physical anthropology’s big picture concepts. Engaging, game-like elements motivate students as they learn, and students receive personalized quiz questions on the topics they need the most help with. InQuizitive is available at no additional cost when package with Essentials of Physical Anthropology

    Unmatched instructor and student resources

    Essentials of Physical Anthropology, Third Edition, is supported by a range of student-centered tools. Twenty of the most challenging concepts in physical anthropology are now presented in animations that may be shown in class or streamed online. These animations—as well as an engaging set of videos, PowerPoint slides, and art files—include captions, making them accessible to all students. Lab Manual and Workbook for Biological Anthropology, a modular and highly visual ancillary, can also be packaged with Essentials of Physical Anthropology at a 50% discount, providing a complete solution for both lecture and lab. 

    Unparalleled coverage of new research and developments in the field

    The Third Edition now employs the more current evolutionary/cladistic primate taxonomy, particularly as it relates to hominins, now covers topics that are discussed in popular media, such as forensic genetics, the Denisovan genome, lactose intolerance, obesity, the origins of cooking, and the impact of our future climate on the context of human evolution. An Evolution Review feature at the end of each chapter has been developed in response to reviewer feedback and summarizes important points concerning evolution, while accompanying questions—with answers in the Instructor’s Manual—facilitate student comprehension. A bi-annual PowerPoint update ensures that instructors have constant access to images and content concerning new discoveries to show in class.  

      Chapter 1: What Is Physical Anthropology? 

      Part I
      The Present: Foundation for the Past 
      Chapter 2: Evolution: Constructing a Fundamental Scientific Theory
      Chapter 3: Genetics: Reproducing Life and Producing Variation 
      Chapter 4: Genes and Their Evolution: Population Genetics 
      Chapter 5: Biology in the Present: Living People 
      Chapter 6: Biology in the Present: The Other Living Primates 
      Chapter 7: Primate Sociality, Social Behavior, and Culture 

      Part II
      The Past: Evidence for the Present 
      Chapter 8: Fossils and Their Place in Time and Nature 
      Chapter 9: Primate Origins and Evolution: The First 50 Million Years 
      Chapter 10: Early Hominin Origins and Evolution: The Roots of Humanity 
      Chapter 11: The Origins and Evolution of Early Homo
      Chapter 12: The Origins, Evolution, and Dispersal of Modern People 
      Chapter 13: Our Last 10,000 Years: Agriculture, Population, Biology