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Table 1 Information about cultural anthropology textbooks included in the sample

From: Evolution and University-level Anthropology Textbooks: The “Missing Link”?

ID Author(s) Title Publisher Year Glossary Summary Text box In-text
1 Bates and Franklin Cultural Anthropology Pearson/Allyn and Bacon 2003 The process by which small but cumulative changes in the species can, over time, lead to its transformation; may be divided into two categories: physical evolution (adaptive changes in biological make up) and cultural evolution (adaptive changes in thought and behavior) Explains the development of all species as the outcome of adaptation to environmental circumstances through the process of natural selection   A shared and ongoing change
2 Ferraro Cultural Anthropology: An Applied Perspective Thomson/Wadsworth 2006     
3 Haines Cultural Anthropology: Adaptations, Structures, and Meanings Pearson/Prentice Hall 2005 A view that, over time, human and other species change based on the differential advantages of new characteristics or behavior    
4 Harris and Johnson Cultural Anthropology Pearson/Allyn and Bacon 2007     
5 Haviland, Prins, Walrath, and McBride Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge Thomson/Wadsworth 2008 Changes in the genetic makeup of a population over generations   Changes in the genetic makeup of a population over generations Changes in the genetic makeup of a population over generations
6 Kottak Cultural Anthropology McGraw Hill 2008 Belief that species arose from others through a long and gradual process of transformation, or descent with modification Belief that species arose from others through a long and gradual process of transformation, or descent with modification   Belief that species arose from others through a long and gradual process of transformation, or descent with modification
7 Kottak Window on Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Anthropology McGraw Hill 2007 Descent with modification; change in form over generations.    species arose from others through a long and gradual process oftransformation, or descent with modification.
8 Kottak Anthropology: The Exploration of Human Diversity McGraw Hill 2008 Belief that species arose from others through a long and gradual process of transformation, or descent with modification Belief that species arose from others through a long and gradual process of transformation, or descent with modification   Belief that species arose from others through a long and gradual process of transformation, or descent with modification
9 Kottak Mirror for Humanity McGraw Hill 2008     
10 Lavenda and Schultz Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology McGraw Hill 2007     
11 Lenkeit Introducing Cultural Anthropology McGraw Hill 2007    A model for the development of society that delineates a sequence of cultural change over time Models a delineate sequence of culture change over time and the processes at work in this change
12 Miller Cultural Anthropology Pearson 2007     Says that early forms evolve into later forms through the process of natural selection, whereby the most biologically fit organisms survive to reproduce while those that are less fit die out
13 Miller Anthropology Pearson 2008 Inherited and accumulated change in the characteristics of species, population, and culture   Inherited and accumulated change in the characteristics of species, population, and culture The term refers to the process of gradual and cumulative change in the characteristics of species, populations, and culture
14 Nanda and Warms Cultural Anthropology Thompson/Wadsworth 2007 The change in the properties of populations of organisms that occur over time   The change in the properties of populations of organisms that occur over time The way we understand the biological history of humanity
15 Omohundro Thinking Like an Anthropologist: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Anthropology McGraw Hill 2008     
16 Peoples and Bailey Humanity: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Thompson/Wadsworth 2006     
17 Salzman and Rice Thinking Anthropo-logically Pearson/Prentice Hall 2008 Darwin defined it as “descent with modification”; a more modern definition might claim it is the process by which one group/species of plant or animal changes over time to become a different/new population    
18 Shultz and Lavenda Cultural Anthropology: Perspective on the Human Condition Oxford University Press 2005     Change over time. Biological evolution which concerns the resources for human development provided by our genes and other elements that make up our physical bodies. Cultural evolution which concerns the beliefs and behaviors we incorporate into human development through the experiences of teaching and learning