A new introductory text that covers all the major topics of contemporary biological anthropology this emphasizes the relationship between biology and culture. The chapter covering genetic drift and gene flow uniquely focuses on human populations. Case studies of the Dunkers, rain forest Amerindians, and other groups make these abstract concepts concrete and familiar. Further, by stressing basic concepts, ideas, and interrelationships, and using examples only as needed for support, the text provides a clear uncluttered framework to help students learn. Unifying strategies appear throughout. It covers the most recent finds and models: recent theories of hominid evolution, including the influence of the "Black Skull" discovery on hominid evolution models; multiregional v. African models of the evolution of anatomically modern "Homo sapiens" and the "mitochondrial Eve" controversy.