Exploring Physical Anthropology

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Exploring Physical Anthropology Course Outline

Chapter 1: Physical Anthropology: Science and Evolution
Chapter 2: Cells and DNA
Chapter 3: Chromosomes and Cell Division
Chapter 4: Inheritance
Chapter 5: Forces of Evolution
Chapter 6: The Bones Within Us
Chapter 7: Forensic Anthropology
Chapter 8: Modern Human Biological Variation
Chapter 9: Biological Classification and the Order of Primates
Chapter 10: The Living Primates
Chapter 11: The Anatomy-Behavior Link: Dietary and Locomotor Adaptions
Chapter 12: Investigating the Past: Fossil Primates
Chapter 13: Early Members of the Human Line
Chapter 14: The Genus Homo

About the book

Exploring Physical Anthropology 


Exploring Physical Anthropology is a comprehensive, full-color lab manual intended for an introductory laboratory course in physical anthropology. It can also serve as a supplementary workbook for a lecture class, particularly in the absence of a laboratory offering.

This laboratory manual enables a hands-on approach to learning about the evolutionary processes that resulted in humans through the use of numerous examples and exercises. It offers a solid grounding in the main areas of an introductory physical anthropology lab course: genetics, evolutionary forces, human osteology, forensic anthropology, comparative/functional skeletal anatomy, primate behavior, paleoanthropology, and modern human biological variation.

About the authors:

Senior Contributing Authors

Suzanne E. Walker-Pacheco (Missouri State University) caught her travel bug as an Air Force brat, having lived as a child in Massachusetts, Southern California, New Mexico, Nebraska, Guam, and Northern California. After completing her undergraduate degree at San Diego State University, she crossed coasts to attend the City University of New York for her doctorate.

Her early studies in field primatology took her to Venezuela, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Sierra Leone. She is currently a professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Missouri State University. Previously, she taught in coastal Humboldt County, California, surrounded by redwoods. Beaches and forests can be convenient locations for unsavory characters to dump bodies, and Suzanne had the opportunity to begin assisting coroners and medical examiners to identify skeletal remains. She continues to do so in Missouri.

Her primary research interests are now medical anthropology, particularly health issues of Latino immigrants to Southwest Missouri, with a focus on diabetes and obesity prevention in Latino children.

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