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A Human Voyage: Exploring Biological Anthropology, 2nd Edition

By Richard Lazenby, Anne Keenleyside
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Soft Cover
480 pages
ISBN-10: 0176531912
ISBN-13: 9780176531911
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 2nd

A Human Voyage is a ground-up Canadian text designed to help students understand biological anthropology and the evolution of humanity. Comprehensive, balanced, and well-written, it features Canadian contributions, along with research from around the world. This book is written for students with little to no background in biological anthropology, with the goal of making the story of human evolution accessible and enjoyable.


  • *NEW* Chapters are re-framed around "Learning Keys": chapters open with learning outcomes aligned to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy and end with critical thinking questions to challenge what students have just learned. These Learning Keys serve as a learning path for students.
  • *NEW* Two new appendices are included: Human and Nonhuman Primate Comparative Anatomy and The Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Principle.
  • *NEW* Over 200 new references were added to an already extensive bibliography. The book's selected bibliography includes a few of the most important "classic" works and only recent (2004+) sources.
  • *NEW* Chapter 1 has a new Profile box, which features the research of Dr. Tracy Prowse, from McMaster University, into the use of archaeological isotopes to explore patterns of diet and migration in prehistory.
  • *NEW* Based on reviewer feedback, the visual content has been increased and improved with an additional 62 photos, more images of fossils, and more maps.
  • Enhances conceptual and theoretical learning with practical examples and references.
  • The book consists of 16 chapters divided into four parts.
  • Retrospection boxes emphasize key ideas or seminal developments in the literature of the field and provide insight into how the discipline has taken shape over the years.
  • Focus On boxes provide in-depth analysis of particular topics covered in that chapter.
  • Profile boxes illustrate exceptional scholarship in the field.

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Deep Currents
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Chapter 2: Science and the Development of Evolutionary Theory
  • Chapter 3: The Biological Basis of Human Variation
  • Chapter 4: From Variant to Species
  • Part Two: Tropical Currents
  • Chapter 5: What It Means to Be a Primate
  • Chapter 6: Primate Behavioural Ecology
  • Chapter 7: Primate Evolution
  • Part Three: Ancient Currents
  • Chapter 8: What It Means to Be a Hominin
  • Chapter 9: Hominin Origins: From Ape to Australopithecine
  • Chapter 10: The Emergence of the Genus Homo
  • Chapter 11: The Advent of Humanity
  • Chapter 12: The Emergence of Anatomically Modern Humans
  • Part Four: Modern Currents
  • Chapter 13: Contemplating Modern Human Diversity
  • Chapter 14: Biology of Contemporary and Past Populations
  • Chapter 15: Biological Anthropology as Applied Science
  • Chapter 16: Human Legacies, Human Prospects
  • Appendix A
  • Appendix B

Author Information

Anne Keenleyside

Professor Keenleyside's research interests focus on the skeletal biology and paleopathology of northern indigenous populations of Canada and Alaska, and on Greek populations of the Black Sea region. She has also recently begun exploring the diet of past populations using stable isotope analysis. She has conducted fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic, Siberia, and Romania, and is currently conducting a bioarchaeological study of skeletal remains from a Greek cemetery (5th to 3rd centuries BC) on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, and a Roman cemetery (2nd to 4th centuries AD) on the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia. Professor Keeleyside holds degrees from McMaster University (B.A., Ph.D.), the University of Alberta (M.A.), and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (B.Ed)

Richard Lazenby

Prior to joining UNBC in 1994, Richard Lazenby was an NSERC post-doctoral fellow at the University of Guelph, School of Human Biology. He holds BA and MA degrees from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD in Biological Anthropology from McMaster University. His NSERC-funded research areas include primate functional skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, and human ecology and adaptability. He is past-President of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology, and is a consulting forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Regional Coroner for northern British Columbia, and with the RCMP 'E' Division, attached to the Missing Women's Task Force in Vancouver