Dr. Daniel J. Wescott
Book Review Editor, AJPA
Department of Anthropology
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
If you would like to review a book for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, please send your request to
Daniel J. Wescott, PhD
Book Review Editor, AJPA
Department of Anthropology
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
1. Prospective reviewers must hold a doctorate or equivalent degree.
2. Decisions concerning allocation of books for review are made at the discretion of the review editor.
3. Preference in assignment of reviews will be given to members in good standing of the AAPA.
4. Selected reviewers may not add additional authors without the prior approval of the review editor.
5. All contributions are subject to editorial review; reviews not meeting AJPA standards will not be accepted.
6. If you accept to review a book and do not by the due date you are required to return it in pristine condition so that other arrangements can be made.
Complete the copyright transfer agreement as soon as the book is received. Sign and date the second page next to the heading “Contributor-owned work” and return the agreement to the book review editor by regular mail.
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Below are the books I have received for review. I will try to update the list about once a month. Last updated 6/5/2014. "IN REVEIW" (gray text) indicates the a reviewer has been identified. "REVIEWED" (gold text) indicates that the review has been accepted for publication. Books in black text are availble for review.
Allen JS (2012) The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food. Harvard University Press. 319 pp. $29.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Barrett R, Armelagos GJ. (2013) An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections. Oxford University Press. 142 pp. $59.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Bell LS (ed.) (2013) Forensic Microscopy for Skeletal Tissues: Methods and Protocols. Humana Press. 296 pp. $109.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Bergsvik KA, Skeates R (eds.) (2012) Caves in Context: The Cultural Significance of Caves and Rockshelters in Europe. David Brown Book Co. 300 pp. $90.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Bickerton D (2014) More than Nature Needs: Language, Mind, and Evolution. Harvard Press. 336 pp. $35.00 (hardback).
Boyd R, Silk JB (2014). How Humans Evolved, 7th Edition. Norton. 512 pp. $140 (paperback)
Browman DL, Williams S (2013). Anthropology at Harvard: A Biographical History, 1790-1940. Peabody Museum Press. 602 pp. $65.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Brown T, Townsend GC, Pinkerton SK, Rogers JR (2011). Yuendumu: Legacy of a Longitudinal Growth Study in Central Australia. pp. 302 $36.70 (paperback).
Buchli V. (2013). An Anthropology of Architecture. Bloomsbury. 232 pp. $34.95 (paperback).
Burkhardt F, Secord J (eds.) (2012) The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: Volume 19 1871. Cambridge University Press. 1062 pp. $145.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Burkhardt F, Secord J (eds.) (2013) The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: Volume 20 1872. Cambridge University Press. 1062 pp. $145.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Burkhardt F, Secord J (eds.) (2014) The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: Volume 21 1873. Cambridge University Press. 784 pp. $145.00 (hardback). IN REVIEW
Burt NM, Semple D, Waterhouse K, Lovell NC (2013). Identification and Interpretation of Joint Disease in Paleopathology and Forensic Anthropology. CC Thomas. 108 pp. $29.95 (paperback spiral).
Claflin KW, Scholliers P (eds.) (2012) Writing Food History: A Global Perspective. Berg. 296 pp. $39.95 (paper).
Cannon A (ed.) (2011) Structured Worlds: The Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherer Thought and Action. David Brown Book Co. 212 pp. $115.00 (hardback).
Connell B, Jones AG, Redfern R, Walker D (2012) A Bioarchaeological Study of Medieval Burials on the Site of St Mary Spital: Excavations at Spitalfields Market, London E1, 1991-2007. Museum of London Archaeology. 303 pp. $45.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Corbey R, Lanjouw A (2013) The Politics of Species: Reshaping Our Relationship with Other Animals. Cambridge University Press. 259 pp. $99.00 (hardback). IN REVIEW
Counihan C, Siniscalchi V (eds.) (2014) Food Activism: Agency, Democracy and Economy. Bloomsbury. 264 pp. $29.95 (paperback).
Dirkmatt DC (ed.) (2012). A Companion to Forensic Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell. 716 pp. $207.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
De Solier I. (2013). Food and the Self: Consumption, Production, and Material Culture. Bloomsbury. 216 pp. $29.95 (paperback).
De Waai FBM, Ferrari PF (eds.) (2012) The Primate Mind: Built to Connect with Other Minds. Harvard University Press. 416 pp. $49.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
DeWaal F (2013). The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates. Norton. 289 pp. $27.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
DiGangi EA, Moore MK (eds.) (2013) Research Methods in Human Skeletal Biology. Academic Press. 576 pp. $99.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Dominguez-Rodrigo, (ed.) (2012) Stone Tools and Fossil Bones: Debates in the Archaeology of Human Origins. Cambridge University Press. 362 pp. $99.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Dudley R (2014). The Drunken Monkey: Why We Drink and Abuse Alcohol. University of California Press. 154 pp. $34.95.
Fajans J (2012) Brazilian Food: Race, Class and Identity in Regional Cuisines. Berg. 147 pp. $29.95.
Falk D (2011) The Fossil Chronicles. University of California Press. 259 pp. $34.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Flannery K, Marcus J (2012) The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire. Harvard University Press. 631 pp. $39.95 (hardback).
Fuentes A (2012) Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You. University of California Press. 304 pp. $27.50 (hardback). REVIEWED
Gardner B (2013) Global Foood Futures: Feeding the World in 2050. Bloomsbury. 242 pp. $34.95 (paperback).
Gowland R, Thompson T (2012) Human Identity and Identification. Cambridge University Press. 225 pp. $45.00 (paperback). REVIEWED
Gurche J (2013). Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins. Yale University Press. 345 pp. $49.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Harcourt AH (2012) Human Biogeography. University of California Press. 328 pp. $60.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Heads M (2012) Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics. University of California Press. 576 pp. $75.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Higham NJ, Ryan MJ (2013) The Anglo-Saxon World. Yale University Press, 477 pp. $45.
Houston S (2014). The Life Within: Classic Maya and the Matter of Permanence. Yale University Press. 208 pp. $50.00 (hardback).
Ingold T, Palsson G (eds.) (2013). Biosocial Becomings: Integrating Social and Biological Anthropology. Cambridge University Press. 281 pp. $85 (hardback)
Iscan MY, Steyn M. (2013). The Human Skeleton in Forensic Medicine, 3rd Ed. CC Thomas. 493 pp. $74.95 (hardback) IN REVIEW
Jablonski NG (2012) Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color. University of California Press. 178 pp. $29.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Jackson P (ed.) (2013). Food Words: Essays in Culinary Culture. Bloomsbury. 312 pp. $99.00 (hardback).
Leca JB, Huffman MA, Vasey PL, (eds.) (2012) The Monkeys of Stormy Mountain: 60 Years of Primatological Research on the Japanese Macaques of Arashiyama. Cambridge University Press. 498 pp. $120.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Lestrel PE (ed.) (2013). Biological Shape Analysis. World Scientific. 215 pp. $126.00. (hardback). REVIEWED
Liebal K, Waller BM, Burrows AM, Slocombe KE. Primate Communication: A Multimodal Approach. 294 pp. $56.00 (paperback).
Lopez-Alonso M (2012) Measuring Up: A History of Living Standards in Mexico, 1850-1950. Stanford University Press. 276 pp. $65.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Luvass B (2012) DIY Style: Fashion, Music and Global Digital Cultures. Berg. 181 pp. $99.95 (hardback).
Madrigal L (2012) Statistics for Anthropology, 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press. 254 pp. $45.00 (paper back).
Mann RW, Hunt DR (2013) Photographic Regional Atlas of Bone Disease: A Guide to Pathologic and Normal Variation in the Human Skeleton, 3rd Edition. Charles C Thomas. 432 pp. $79.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Martin DL, Anderson CP (eds) (2014) Bioarchaeological and Forensic Perspectives on Violence: How Violent Death is Interpreted from Skeletal Remains. Cambridge, 329 pp. $99.00 (hardback).
Masters J, Gamba M, Genin F (eds.) (2012) Leaping Ahead: Advances in Prosimian Biology. Springer. 409 pp. $179.00 (hardback) . REVIEWED
Miles A (2012) New Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, Southwark: Excavations at Globe Academy, 2008. Archaeology Studies Series 24. Museum of London Archaeology. 115 pp. $24.00.
Narvaez D, Valentino K, Fuentes Agustin, McKenna JJ, Gray P. (2014). Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing. Oxford University Press. 384 pp. $75.00 (hardback). IN REVIEW
Nishida, T (2012) The Chimpanzees of the Lakeshore: Natural History and Culture at Mahale. Cambridge University Press. 340 pp. $50.00 (paperback). REVIEWED
Nunn CL (2011) The Comparative Approach in Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology. University of Chicago Press. 380 pp. $35.00 (paperback). REVIEWED
Okely J (2011) Anthropological Practice: Fieldwork and the Ethnographic Method. Berg. 224 pp. $29.95 (paperback).
Ortman SG. (2012). Winds from the North: Tewa Origins and Historical Anthropology. University of Utah Press. 504 pp. $70 (cloth). REVIEWED
Osterholtz AJ, Baustain KM, Martin DL (eds.) (2014). Commingled and Disarticulated Human Remains: Working Towards Improved Theory, Methods, and Data. Springer. 285 pp. $99.00 (hardback) REVIEWED
Penchenkina K, Oxenham M (eds.) (2013) Bioarchaeology of East Asia: Movement, Contact, Health. University Press of Florida. 513 pp. $99.95 (cloth). REVIEWED
Peres TM (ed.). (2014). Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology. Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series, 242 pp. $79.95 (hardback) REVIEWED
Petter J-J, Desbordes F (2013). Primates of the World. Princeton University Press. 192 pp. $25.00 (cloth). REVIEWED
Pfenning DW, Pfenning KS (2012) Evolution's Wedge: Competition and the Origins of Diversity. University of California Press. 303 pp. $75.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Pickering TR (2013) Rough and Tumble: Agrression, Hunting, and Human Evolution. University of California Press. 208 pp. $29.95 (cloth).
Pinhasi R, Stock JT (eds.) (2011) Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture. Wiley-Blackwell. 484 pp. $159.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Prentice R (2012) Bodies in Formation: An Ethnography of Anatomy and Surgery Education. Duke University Press. 312 pp. $24.95 (paper). REVIEWED
Reader J (2011) Missing Links: In Search of Human Origins. Oxford University Press. 538 pp. $34.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Relethford JH (2012). Human Population Genetics. Wiley-Blackwell. 296 pp. $69.95 (paperback). REVIEWED
Reynolds SC, Gallagher A (eds.) (2012) African Genesis: Perspectives on Hominin Evolution. Cambridge University Press. 582 pp. $135.00 (hardback).
Rife JL (2012) Isthmia: The Roman and Byzantine Graves and Human Remains. American School of Clasical Studies. 500 pp. $150.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Robbins MM, Boesch C (eds.) (2011) Among African Apes: Stories and Photos from the Field. University of California Press. 200 pp. $29.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Robbins Schug G (2011) Bioarchaeology and Climate Change: A View from South Asian Prehistory. University of Florida Press. 180 pp. $79.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Rogers LJ, Vallortigara G, Andrew RJ (2013) Divided Brains: The Biology and Behaviour of Brain Asymmetries. Cambridge University Press. 227 pp. $58.00 (paperback). REVIEWED
Sanz CM, Call J, Boesch C (eds.) (2013) Tool Use in Animals: Cognition and Ecology. Cambridge University Press. 313 pp. $110.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Schulting R, Fibiger L (2012) Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones: Neolithic Violence in a Euroean Perspective. Oxdord University Press. 430 pp. $150 (hardback). REVIEWED
Scott GR, Irish JD (eds.) (2013). Anthropological Perspectives on Tooth Morphology: Genetics, Evolution, Variation. Cambridge University Press. 559 pp. $120.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Sepkoski D (2012) Reading the Fossil Record. University of Chicago Press. 432 pp. $34.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Shankland D (ed.) (2013). Archaeology and Anthropology: Past, Present, and Future. Bloomsbery. 237 pp. $34.95 (paperback).
Skinner J (ed.) (2013). The Interview: An Ethnographic Approach. Bloomsbury. 288 pp. $34.95.
Sponheimer M, Lee-Thorp JA, Reed KE, Ungar PS (eds) (2013). Early Hominin Paleoecology. University Press of Colorado. 368 pp. $70 (cloth). IN REVIEW
Stodder ALW, Palkovich, AM (eds.) (2012) The Bioarchaeology of Individuals. University of Florida Press. 287 pp. $74.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Stojanowski CM. (2013). Mission Cemeteries, Mission People: Historical and Evolutionary Dimensions of Intracemetery Bioarchaeology in Spanish Florida. University Press of Florida. 326 pp. $79.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Sussman RW (2014) The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea. Harvard Press. 374 pp. $35.00
Tattersall I, deSalle R (2011). Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth. Texas A&M Press. 226 pp. $35.00 (hardback). REVIEWED
Tersigni-Tarrant MA, Shirley NR (2013) Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction. CRC Press. 462pp. $99.95 (hardback) REVIEWED
Thomposon JL, Alfonso-Durruty MP, Crandall JJ (2014). Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity. University of Florida Press. 270 pp. $85.00.
Tomasello M. (2014). A Natural History of Human Thinking. Harvard. 192 pp. $35.00 (hardback).
Tooker DE (2012) Space and the Production of Cultural Differences Among the Akha Prior to Globalization: Channeling the Flow of Life. Amsterdam University Press. 338 pp. $54.95 (paperback)
Tung TA (2012) Violence, Ritual, and the Wari Empire. University of Florida Press. $256 pp. $74.95 (hardback). REVIEWED
Turnder II CG, Ovodov ND, Pavlova OV. (2013). Animal Teeth and Human Tools: A Taphonomic Odyssey in Ice Age Siberia. Cambridge University Press. 490 pp. $110 (hardback). REVIEWED
Tuttle RH (2014). Apes and Human Evolution. Harvard Press. 1072 pp. $59.95 (hardback).
Ungar PS (2014). Teeth: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. 137 pp. $7.99.
Veiga LM, Barnett AA, Ferrari SF, Norconk MA (eds) (2013) Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Titis, Sakis, and Uacaris. Cambridge University Press. 397 pp. $139 (hardback). REVIEWED
Walker D (2012) Disease in London, 1st - 9th centuries: an illustrated guide to diagnosis. Museum of London. 446 pp. $44. (hardback). REVIEWED
Walker SM, Owsley DW (2012) Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World. Carolrhoda Books. 135 pp. $22.95. REVIEWED
Wedel VL, Galloway A. (eds.) (2014). Broken Bones: Anthropological Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma, 2nd Edition. CC Thomas. 479 pp. $64.95. REVIEWED
Wiley AS, Allen JS (2012) Medical Anthropology: A Biocultural Approach, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press. 448 pp. $49.95 (paperback). REVIEWED
Wilk R, Barbosa L (2012) Rice and Beans: A Unique Dish in a Hundred Places. Berg. 282 pp. $29.95.
Wolf AP. (2014) Incest Avoidance and the Incest Taboos: Two Aspects of Human Nature. Standford Briefs. 177 pp. $12.99 (paperback).
Wood B (2011) Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution. Wiley-Blackwell. 1264 pp. $660 (hardback). IN REVIEW
Vyshedskiy A (2014). On the Origin of the Human Mind, 2nd Edition. MobileReference. 432 pp. $17.26 (paperback).