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The Human Career, third edition

by Richard G. Klein
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. 1024 pages.

Simply the single best reference and advanced introduction to paleoanthropology — the subject of human biological and cultural evolution, the area where physical anthropology and prehistoric archeology overlap. A previous edition was described by Henry McHenry as "by far the best book of its kind" and by R. A. Foley as "the best introduction to the problems and data of modern palaeoanthropology yet published." Unmatched for breadth, range, and reliability, with more than 1000 pages, The Human Career is indispensable for any serious student of human evolution. Richard G. Klein is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.