Summary: This dynamic introduction to paleoanthropology presents the fossil evidence for human evolution and demonstrates how anthropologists interpret this evidence in light of the most current research. Addressing some of the most central questions in paleoanthropology--where did we come from? is the emergence of humans an evolutionary anomaly?--Professor Conroy explores with clarity and enthusiasm the promise and challenges of this exciting field. The Second Edition has be
en significantly expanded and reorganized for greater accessibility.
Summary: This dynamic introduction to paleoanthropology presents the fossil evidence for human evolution and demonstrates how anthropologists interpret this evidence in light of the most current research. Addressing some of the most central questions in paleoanthropology--where did we come from? is the emergence of humans an evolutionary anomaly?--Professor Conroy explores with clarity and enthusiasm the promise and challenges of this exciting field. The Second Edition has been significantly expanded and reorganized for greater accessibility. ...show less
Introduction What Distinguishes Humans from Other Primates? Basic Primate Morphology
Chapter 2: The Plio-Pleistocene World
Reconstructing the Plio-Pleistocene World Evidence of Climatic Change from Glacial Stratigraphy Summary of Plio-Pleistocene Glaciations Evidence of Climatic Change from Deep-Sea Cores Causes of Climatic Change during the Plio-Pleistocene Carbon Isotope Analyses The Plio-Pleistocene Time Scale The Contribution of Geomagnetic Reversal Studies The Archeological Time Scale Effects of Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene Climates on Hominin Evolution
Chapter 3: Finding and Dating Fossil Hominins
Introduction Finding Fossil Hominins Dating Fossil Hominins Relative Dating Absolute Dating: Radiometric and Other Techniques Summary of Absolute Dating Techniques
Chapter 4: Naming and Classifying Fossil Hominins
Three Analytical Levels of Classification and Phylogeny Two Schools of Classification The Problems of Classification The Tempo and Mode of Human Evolution
Chapter 5: Before the Bipeds: Human Antecedents among the Miocene Hominoids
Introduction Africa in the Miocene East Africa in the Miocene Eurasia in the Miocene Overview of Miocene Hominoids Characteristics of Early Miocene Hominoids (Proconsul) Characteristics of Middle/Late Miocene Hominoids Summary of Craniodental Adaptations of Middle Miocene Hominoids The Role of Molecular Clocks in Hominoid Classification Speculations
Chapter 6: The Earliest Hominins (I): The Australopiths of Southern Africa
Introduction The Australopiths of Southern Africa: The Setting Summary of Southern African Sites The Australopiths of Southern Africa: The Players
Chapter 7: The Earliest Hominins (II): The Australopiths of Eastern Africa
The Australopiths of Eastern Africa: The Setting Summary of East African Sites The Australopiths of Eastern Africa: The Players Comparison of "Gracile" and "Robust" Australopiths
Chapter 8: Australopith Paleobiology and Phylogeny
Introduction Craniofacial Morphology Body Size and Brain Size Bipedal Locomotion: Morphology and Biomechanical Principles Locomotor Adaptations in Other Australopiths Paleopediatrics: Australopiths and Obstetrics Behavioral Theories for the Evolution of Bipedalism Seed-eating, Sex, Reproduction, and Learning Phylogeny and Classification: Current Issues and Debates
Chapter 9: The Emergence of Culture and the Origins of the Genus Homo
Behavioral and Cultural Trends in Early Hominins What Is Culture? Overview of the Genus Homo The Discovery of "Handyman": Homo habilis Morphological Features of Homo habilis Homo Habilis: One Species or Two? Have the Limits of Homo Been Dtretched Too Far? Early Hominin Lifestyles: Tinker, Tailer, Scavenger, Hunter? The Debate over "Man the Hunter" Thermoregulation and Bipedalism
Chapter 10: Quo Vadis Homo erectus?
Introduction Homo erectus from Southeast Asia (Central and East Java) Homo erectus from East Asia: China Homo erectus in Africa? Current Issues and Debates
Chapter 11: Almost There--But Not Quite: "Archaic" Hominins of the Middle Pleistocene
Introduction The First "Archaic" Hominins Out of Africa Dmanisi (Republic of Georgia) The Older "Archaic" Hominin Group The Younger "Archaic" Hominin Group Some Dental Trends in Middle Pleistocene "Archaic" Hominins "Archaic" Hominins from China "Archaic" Hominins from Africa
Chapter 12: Between Apes and Humanity: "Modern" Human Origins
Introduction Current Issues and Debates over Modern Human Origins: Out-of-Africa or Multiregional Continuity? What Do the Molecules Say? Conclusions: A "Mostly" Out of Africa Model
Chapter 13: What the Fossils Say about "Modern" Human Origins: A Reality Check
Introduction Fossil Evidence from Africa Fossil Evidence from Europe: The Neanderthal Question Fossil Evidence from the Near East Fossil Evidence from Australasia
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