Best Physical Anthropology Books

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1. Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

Author: by Daniel Lieberman
464 pages

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If exercise is healthy (so good for you!, why do many people dislike or avoid it? These engaging stories and explanations will revolutionize the way you think about exercisingnot to mention sitting, sleeping, sprinting, weight lifting, playing, fighting, walking, jogging, and even dancing.

Strikes a perfect balance of scholarship, wit, and enthusiasm. Bill Bryson, New York Times best-selling author of The Body*If we are born to walk and run, why do most of us take it easy whenever possible? Does running ruin your knees?

Should we do weights, cardio, or high-intensity training? Is sitting really the new smoking? Can you lose weight by walking? And how do we make sense of the conflicting, anxiety-inducing information about rest, physical activity, and exercise with which we are bombarded?

In this myth-busting book, Daniel Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a pioneering researcher on the evolution of human physical activity, tells the story of how we never evolved to exerciseto do voluntary physical activity for the sake of health.

2. First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Author: by Jeremy DeSilva
Harper (April 6, 2021)
352 pages

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DeSilva takes us on a brilliant, fun, and scientifically deep stroll through history, anatomy, and evolution, in order to illustrate the powerful story of how a particular mode of movement helped make us one of the most wonderful, dangerous and fascinating species on Earth.

Agustn Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University and author of Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of BeingBreezy popular science at its best…. Makes a compelling case overall. Science NewsBlending history, science, and culture, a stunning and highly engaging evolutionary story exploring how walking on two legs allowed humans to become the planet’s dominant species.

Humans are the only mammals to walk on two, rather than four legsa locomotion known as bipedalism. We strive to be upstanding citizens, honor those who stand tall and proud, and take a stand against injustices. We follow in each other’s footsteps and celebrate a child’s beginning to walk.

But why, and how, exactly, did we take our first steps?And at what cost? Bipedalism has its drawbacks: giving birth is more difficult and dangerous; our running speed is much slower than other animals; and we suffer a variety of ailments, from hernias to sinus problems.

3. Essentials of Biological Anthropology

Author: by Clark Spencer Larsen
504 pages

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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 toolInQuizitiveoffers 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.

4. Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

Author: by Dorothy Roberts
The New Press
400 pages

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An incisive, groundbreaking book that examines how a biological concept of race is a myth that promotes inequality in a supposedly post-racial era. Though the Human Genome Project proved that human beings are not naturally divided by race, the emerging fields of personalized medicine, reproductive technologies, genetic genealogy, and DNA databanks are attempting to resuscitate race as a biological category written in our genes.

This groundbreaking book by legal scholar and social critic Dorothy Roberts examines how the myth of race as a biological conceptrevived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databasescontinues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly post-racial era.

Named one of the ten best black nonfiction books 2011 by AFRO. Com, Fatal Invention offers a timely and provocative analysis (Nature) of race, science, and politics that is consistently lucid … Alarming but not alarmist, controversial but evidential, impassioned but rational (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

5. Making Sense of Race

Author: by Edward Dutton
362 pages

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Race is our age’s great taboo. Public intellectuals insist that it does not exist-that it’s a “social construct” and biological differences between races are trivial or “skin deep.” But as with taboos in other times, our attitude towards race seems delusional and schizophrenic.

Racial differences in sports and culture are clear to everyone. Race is increasingly a factor in public health, especially in disease susceptibility and organ donation. And in a globalized world, ethnic nationalism-and ethnic conflict-are unavoidable political realities. Race is everywhere …

And yet it’s nowhere, since the topic has been deemed “out of bounds” for frank discussion. Cutting through the contradictions, euphemisms, and misconceptions, Edward Dutton carefully and systematically refutes the arguments against the concept of “race,” demonstrating that it is as much a proper biological category as “species.”Making Sense of Race takes us on a journey through the fascinating world of evolved physical and mental racial differences, presenting us with the most up-to-date discoveries on the consistent ways in which races differ in significant traits as a result of being adapted to different ecologies.

6. The Iceman Inheritance: Prehistoric Sources of Western Man's Racism, Sexism and Aggression

Author: by Michael Bradley
Kayode Publications
229 pages

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The iceaan inheritance is the most glaring admission about the european’s attempt to dominate the world through racism. There are a large number of books on this subject but the writers tend to hedge on the subject by inferring that in spite of the atrocities and the racism brought to this world by the caucasian race,they have given the world some order,some technology and arts and letters of lasting benefit.

What the authors of these books do not take into consideration is that in spite of the contributions that benefit the world,europeans in their attempt at world domination created a disastrous climate for the world’s people.

7. Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

Author: by Jeremy Narby
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam
272 pages

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This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald “a Copernican revolution for the life sciences,” leads the reader through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge. In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.

8. Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human

Author: by Madelaine Böhme
Greystone Books
376 pages

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Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story. Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us HumanFans of Sapiens will love this fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of lifewhere life and humans evolvedbut somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine Bhme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient apeDanuvius guggenmoswhichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary stepsfrom our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to createwere necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet.

9. Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

Author: by Svante Pääbo
Basic Books
February 11, 2014

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A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes to answer the biggest question of them all: how did our ancestors become human? Neanderthal Man tells the riveting personal and scientific story of the quest to use ancient DNA to unlock the secrets of human evolution.

Beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2010, Neanderthal Man describes the events, intrigues, failures, and triumphs of these scientifically rich years through the lens of the pioneer and inventor of the field of ancient DNA.

We learn that Neanderthal genes offer a unique window into the lives of our ancient relatives and may hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of where language came from as well as why humans survived while Neanderthals went extinct.

Po redrew our family tree and permanently changed the way we think about who we are and how we got here. For readers of Richard Dawkins, David Reich, and Hope Jahren, Neanderthal Man is the must-read account of how he did it.

10. Laboratory Manual and Workbook for Biological Anthropology

Author: by K. Elizabeth Soluri
544 pages

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The most popular and affordable manual, now more hands-on than ever! The #1 manual for biological anthropology, Soluri/Agarwal has become even more visual and hands-on in its Second Edition. New interactive exercises that emphasize the process of science and the scientific method, along with increased and improved images in the osteology chapters, give students the most impactful lab experience.

And whether used standalone or packaged with a Norton textbook, Soluri/Agarwal is the most affordable manual for students, with the most robust suite of instructor and student resources.

11. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

Author: by Steven N. Byers
502 pages

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This book provides comprehensive coverage of the methods and issues in the current practice of forensic anthropology. It introduces students to all the major topics in the field, with material ranging from the attribution of ancestry and sex, to various forms of bone trauma, to identification through radiography.

Introduction to Forensic Anthropology uses the terminology and best practices recommended by the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology (SWGANTH). The fifth edition has been fully updated in light of recent developments, incorporating new and improved methods as well as fresh data.

The section on human osteology and odontology in particular has been expanded. This accessible and engaging text offers an array of features to support teaching and learning, including: boxed case studies extensive figures and photographs chapter summaries and student exercises a glossary of terms further resources via a companion website.

12. A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

Author: by Nicholas Wade
Penguin Books
288 pages

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Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another.

For this understandable reason, the idea has been banished from polite academic conversation. Arguing that race is more than just a social construct can get a scholar run out of town, or at least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory.

Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in A Troublesome Inheritance, the consensus view cannot be right. And in fact, we know that populations have changed in the past few thousand yearsto be lactose tolerant, for example, and to survive at high altitudes.

Race is not a bright-line distinction; by definition it means that the more human populations are kept apart, the more they evolve their own distinct traits under the selective pressure known as Darwinian evolution. For many thousands of years, most human populations stayed where they were and grew distinct, not just in outward appearance but in deeper senses as well.

13. This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society

Author: by Kathleen McAuliffe
Mariner Books
304 pages

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Engrossing [An] expedition through the hidden and sometimes horrifying microbial domain. Wall Street Journal Fascinatingand full of the kind of factoids you can’t wait to share. Scientific American Parasites can live only inside another animal and, as Kathleen McAuliffe reveals, these tiny organisms have many evolutionary motives for manipulating the behavior of their hosts.

With astonishing precision, parasites can coax rats to approach cats, spiders to transform the patterns of their webs, and fish to draw the attention of birds that then swoop down to feast on them. We humans are hardly immune to their influence.

Organisms we pick up from our own pets are strongly suspected of changing our personality traits and contributing to recklessness and impulsivityeven suicide. Germs that cause colds and the flu may alter our behavior even before symptoms become apparent. Parasites influence our species on the cultural level, too.

Drawing on a huge body of research, McAuliffe argues that our dread of contamination is an evolved defense against parasites. The horror and revulsion we are programmed to feel when we come in contact with people who appear diseased or dirty helped pave the way for civilization, but may also be the basis for major divisions in societies that persist to this day.

14. Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology

Author: by Beth Shook
732 pages

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Welcome to Explorations and biological anthropology! Mission Statement: To provide a high-quality introductory biological anthropology textbook that is readable, engaging, and accessible to all students. With chapters written by experienced instructors and subject area specialists, this textbook addresses the question of what it means to be human by exploring the origins, evolution, and diversification of primates, especially that of our species, Homo sapiens.

Anthropology is the study of humanity, in all its biological and cultural aspects, past and present. It is a four-field discipline comprised of biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. The focus of this book is biological anthropology, which explores who we are from biological, evolutionary, and adaptive perspectives.

We lay the foundation for this inquiry in the first four chapters by introducing the discipline of anthropology, evolutionary theory, molecular biology and genetics, and the forces of evolution. An electronic version of this textbook is available free of charge at the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges’ webpage here: www.Explorations.Americananthro.Org

15. The Oak Papers

Author: by James Canton
February 16, 2021

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“A profound meditation on the human need for connection with nature, as one man seeks solace beneath the bows of an ancient oak tree.”Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees”James Canton knows so much, writes so well and understands so deeply about the true forest magic and the important place these trees have in it.

Knowledge and joy.” Sara Maitland, author of How to Be AloneJoining the ranks of The Hidden Life of Trees and H is for Hawk, an evocative memoir and ode to one of the most majestic living things on earththe oak treeprobing the mysteries of nature and the healing role it plays in our lives.

Thrown into turmoil by the end of his long-term relationship, Professor James Canton spent two years meditating [PA1]beneath the welcoming shelter of the massive 800-year-old Honywood Oak tree in North Essex, England. While considering the direction of his own life, he began to contemplate the existence of this colossus tree.

Standing in England for centuries, the oak would have been a sapling when the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. In this beautiful, transportive book, Canton tells the story of this tree in its ecological, spiritual, literary, and historical contexts, using it as a prism to see his own life and human history.