Physical Anthropology

Selections from Pop Science to Primary Research
Edited by Elizabeth Weiss
©2012, 318 pages

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    Physical Anthropology: Selections from Pop Science to Primary Research is a unique reader that introduces students to physical anthropology through a mix of popular science pieces, book chapters, and research articles. The inclusion of primary research articles is intended to prepare students for upper division university courses. Readings were also chosen to highlight learning objectives for general education science courses, which often include requirements such as having students obtain knowledge from current scientific inquiry to question existing explanations, demonstrate ways in which science is influenced by political issues, and recognize scientific methods.

    Each section begins with an overview that is designed to help students understand the readings within that section. Each reading is also accompanied by a short introduction providing background for the specific piece. Pull-quotes and information boxes are utilized to retain student interest and tie each piece into a broader context. Physical Anthropology also provides a set of questions to help students to think about the processes of science, variety of reference types, and the connections these articles make to understanding humans.

    Physical Anthropology: Selections from Pop Science to Primary Research:

    • Provides students with readings from a wide range of sources, which create a balanced view on how science is conducted and represented.
    • Gives guidance on reading complex literature by providing students with information boxes to connect the article to broader issues in the field.
    • Emphasizes the dynamic nature of science by selecting articles that contrast one another .

    Elizabeth Weiss earned her Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas. She is a professor of anthropology at San José State University, where she teaches courses on human evolution, human variation, primates, mummies, and bioarchaeology. Her research focuses on the study of skeletal anatomy to understand the effects of biology and environment on humans in order to draw conclusions about activity patterns and disease. Dr. Weiss has written three books and over two dozen articles for prestigious anthropology and medical journals including the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, and the Journal of Comparative Human Biology: Homo.
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