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Our Origins: Discovering Biological Anthropology Loose Leaf + Digital Product License Key Folder with eBook and InQuizitive, 5th Edition

  • Clark Spencer Larsen
  • ISBN-10: 0393697169
  • ISBN-13: 9780393697162
  • 0 Pages | Best Buy Package
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

The best introduction to what’s fascinating and relevant about anthropology today

Our Origins does more than any other text to educate students about the value of anthropological study and the ways they can apply it in their everyday lives. Norton, more than any other publisher, promotes student engagement with anthropology. Norton continues to innovate with our unique “Anthropology at Work” and “Anthropology Matters” videos and text features that ensure students connect with the course material and understand the underlying science and why it matters. This pedagogy complements Larsen’s emphasis on introducing students to the most exciting and important discoveries and research happening in the field today.


  • An emphasis on the exciting things students can do with an anthropology degree New “Anthropology at Work” features in the text showcase anthropologists and former anthropology majors describing what makes their work so exciting and how anthropology informs their professional lives. Most of these text features are accompanied by videos that highlight how these people went from being introductory anthropology students to doing the fascinating work they do now. These are perfect for instructors who want to help students see the value and applications of an anthropology degree.

  • The most cutting-edge coverage of where the discipline is today Larsen covers the most recent research and discoveries in the field, ensuring students appreciate the dynamic, ever-evolving nature of the discipline. The Fifth Edition features new and expanded coverage in areas students are most interested in, including health and medicine, genetic tracing, and the major discoveries that help fill in the story of human evolution. These include coverage of Homo naledi dating and interpretation; new evidence for the emergence of the earliest modern humans; and new research into Neandertal DNA.

  • A consistent demonstration of how anthropology matters in students’ lives “Anthropology Matters” features in the text—eight of which include accompanying videos—spotlight high-interest topics like the concept of race, the spread of Ebola, and what genomic research can tell us about ourselves. These features and videos engage students and help them draw connections between anthropology concepts and the world they inhabit.

  • Tools to help students master the science of anthropology and better prepare for lecture InQuizitive strengthens students’ understanding of the key concepts in the course. The updated and expanded questions and activities in InQuizitive draw upon the stunning, precise visuals from the text, and many of the questions and answer feedback include animations. These animations, along with real-world video clips, help explicate tricky subjects for students and bring the text content to life.

Table of Contents

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 

PART II  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 

PART III  The Future: The Shape of Things to Come  
Chapter 14  Evolution: Today and Tomorrow