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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $99.00
  • September 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-66743-1
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
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Clark Spencer Larsen (Author, The Ohio State University)


The most relevant, interactive, and up-to-date learning experience

Larsen helps engage your students with the dynamic field of biological anthropology. New Anthropology Matters videos encourage students to connect anthropological concepts to the world around them. A highly visual learning tool—InQuizitive—offers a fun, hands-on way to master course concepts. And rigorously current content immerses students in the most exciting research and discoveries in the field today. Together these provide everything you need to teach a state-of-the-art course that achieves your course goals.


Bring anthropology to life

A robust collection of visual and interactive tools gets students engaged with course concepts. Instructor resources help you to seamlessly connect your learning objectives to the world around your students. 

Discover exciting developments

In the Fourth Edition, Larsen continues his dedication to providing students with the most current discoveries and contemporary research in anthropology. This includes exciting updates regarding the hominin fossil record, genomic data, the concept of race, and more. Many of these topics are further explored by the Anthropology Matters videos. The coverage and videos give students a deeper understanding of what’s happening at the forefront of anthropology today. 

Improve concept mastery with InQuizitive

InQuizitive provides an interactive way to visualize, practice, and understand core concepts before coming to class. Questions designed around the animations and figures from the book engage and instruct so that students come to class prepared. When students are prepared, in-class activities, group projects, and in-depth lecture become easier to incorporate.  

    To the Instructor

    To the Student

    CHAPTER 1 What Is Biological 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


    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, and the Bioarchaeology of a Fundamental Transition