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An essential foundation for the practice of forensic anthropology This text is the first of its level written in more than twenty years. It serves as a summary and guide to the core material that needs to be mastered and evaluated for the practice of forensic anthropology.The text is divided into three parts that collectively provide a solid base in theory and methodology:Part One, "Background Setting for Forensic Anthropology," introduces the field and discusses the role of forensic anthropology in historic context.P
Anatomy professor David Bainbridge applies the science of evolutionary biology and psychology to look at women’s bodies in our ancestral past, our self-image-obsessed present, and our surgically enhanced future.Few things are as tantalizing as a woman’s curves…and yet, humans are the only mammals on earth whose females have curvy bodies. Why? And what does this unique body shape mean for us? In Curvology, researcher David Bainbridge uses his scientific know-how to get to the bottom of this anatomical mystery and to explore the social and psychological consequences of our cultural fixation with curves and fat.B
Presenting the history of cannibalism in concert with human evolution, Dinner with a Cannibal takes its readers on an astonishing trip around the world and through history, examining its subject from every angle in order to paint the incredible, multifaceted panoply that is the reality of cannibalism. At the heart of Carole A. Travis-Henikoff’s book is the question of how cannibalism began with the human species and how it has become an unspeakable taboo today. At a time when science is being battered by religions and failing teaching methods, Dinner with a Cannibal presents slices of multiple sciences in a readable, understandable form nested within a wealth of data.
Mechanisms controlling aggressive behavior started to be identified from late 20’s of the 20th century and subsequent research described such mechanisms in great detail. While the findings are of great relevance for the understanding of aggression per se, they provide limited insights into the mechanisms of abnormal aggression i.e. those mechanisms that underlie aggression-related psychopathologies.
I haven’t read "The Last Days of Eden" (yet), so I don’t know the extent to which the two books overlap (a problem raised by another reviewer); this review may need editing once I find out. However, in the meantime I strongly recommend this book. Chagnon is a delightful writer, who manages to provide engaging descriptions of the Yanomamo with whom he spent so much time without using complicated jargon (with the exception of his chapter on social organization and demography, which necessitates technical explanations and is much less accessible to non-anthropologists).
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