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Via 100 entries or "mini-chapters," 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of anthropology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume set provides undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source that serves their research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but in a clear, accessible style, devoid of jargon, unnecessary detail or density.Key Features- Emphasizes key curricular topics, making it useful for students researching for term papers, preparing for GREs, or considering topics for a senior thesis, graduate degree, or career.- Comprehensive, providing full coverage of key subthemes and subfields within the discipline, such as applied anthropology, archaeology and paleontology, sociocultural anthropology, evolution, linguistics, ...

Human Evolution
Human evolution

It might seem unnecessary to begin by stating that our species, Homo sapiens, is the sole surviving species of a once diverse group of now extinct relatives. For after all, the media is not shy about promoting the assertions of human paleontologists (paleoanthropologists) who claim to have finally discovered the long sought ancestor of our group or a missing link in the chain of human evolutionary succession. Even the repudiations of evolution by the scientific creationists and intelligent designists cannot derail the paleoanthropologists’ pursuit of human fossils or submerge the widespread public interest in our evolutionary heritage. Yet for all the publicity that follows the discovery of and supposedly scientifically well-founded pronouncements about previously unknown potential human relatives, many of the assumptions ...

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