Previous winners of the W.W. Howells Prize are:
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding . The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
The BAS strongly encourages nominations of books for the W.W. Howells Book Prize in Biological Anthropology. The Howells Prize was inaugurated in 1993 in honor of Prof. emeritus William White Howells of the Peabody Museum (Harvard). Prof. Howells is a past president of the American Anthropological Association and a distinguished scholar who has published several landmark books in physical anthropology.
The prize is awarded by the Biological Anthropology Section of the AAA to honor a book in the area of biological anthropology. Books may be single or multiply-authored, but not edited. They should have been published within the last 3-4 years, and once nominated will remain on the list for 3-5 years depending on their date of publication. Nominated works should represent the highest standard of scholarship and readability. They should inform a wider audience of the significance of physical/biological anthropology in the social and biological sciences, and demonstrate a biocultural perspective.
Please send your nominating letters and
either copies of or references to published reviews to Sara Stinson, Chair of the Book Prize Committee, by e-mail
(email@example.com)or post (Dept. of Anthropology, Queens College, 6530 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367). Nominations must be received by February 1 to be considered in that year.
Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Has Shaped Women’s Health. Oxford University Press.
The book was recognized as an insightful and compelling consideration of the importance of evolution to women’s biology and health.
(2010) Primeval Kinship: How Pair-Bonding Gave Birth to Human Society. Harvard University Press.
"Primeval Kinship is a treasure chest of comparative research on human and primate social structure, organization, and behavior. This book will reignite and reinvigorate discussions of the evolution of primate and human society. It will be a model from which future social and physical anthropologists, primatologists, and social scientists can build." --Robert Wald Sussman, Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
Alan Walker and Pat Shipman
(2009) The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul. Harvard University Press.
From Robert Proctor's Science book review: "The Ape in the Tree is a fine account of new ways to puzzle out the behaviors of fossilized animals from odd scraps of bones."
Carel van Schaik and Perry van Duijnhoven
(2008) Among Orangutans: Red Apes and the Rise of Human Culture. Belknap Press.
From Scientific American review: In this book, Carel van Schaik, a highly regarded Dutch primatologist now at Duke University, concludes that "intelligence is ... socially constructed during development." This won't surprise you--until you realize that he is referring not to humans but to orangutans, the large red apes of south Asia.
(2007) Skin: A Natural History. University of California Press.
This book takes a new look at the evolution of skin focusing on human sweatiness, its range of coloration, and cultural decorations of the skin.
Donna L. Hart and Robert W. Sussman
(2006) Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators and Human Evolution. Westview Press (Perseus Book Group).
This book dispels the myth of “man the hunter” and replaces it with the theory and supporting evidence that early hominini were very vulnerable to predation.
(2005) The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes and Humans. U California Press.
Beard's discovery in China of the earliest known primates is reshaping critical debates about the geographic origins of anthropoids and humans. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Beard was a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" award in 2000.
(2004) Reflections of Our Past : How Human History is Revealed in Our Genes. Westview Press.
(2003) What It Means to be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and Their Genes. Uunivsity of California.
Kenneth A. R. Kennedy
(2002) God-Apes and Fossil Men Paleoanthropology of South Asia. University of Michigan Press.
(2000) Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species. Pantheon.
(1998) Becoming Human: Evolution and Human Uniqueness. Harcourt Brace.
(1993) A View to a Death in the Morning: Hunting and Nature through History. Harvard University Press.
Milford Wolpoff and Rachel Caspari
(1997) Race and Human Evolution: A Fatal Attraction. Simon & Schuster.
James W. Wood
(1994) Dynamics of Human Reproduction: Biology, Allometry, Demography. Aldine de Gruyter.
Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth
(1990) How Monkeys See the World: Inside the Mind of Another Species. University of Chicago Press.
(1992) Chimpanzee Material Culture: Implications for Human Evolution. Cambridge University Press.
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