Fossil Trail How We Know What We Think We Know about Human Evolution

ISBN-10: 0195367669
ISBN-13: 9780195367669
Edition: 2nd 2009
Authors: Ian Tattersall
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Description: Ideal for courses in Human Evolution, History of Paleoanthropology, and as a supplement for Introduction to Biological Anthropology, The Fossil Trail is a history of paleoanthropological thought and discovery. Ian Tattersall's account of the study  More...

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List price: $54.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 9.21" wide x 6.10" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Ideal for courses in Human Evolution, History of Paleoanthropology, and as a supplement for Introduction to Biological Anthropology, The Fossil Trail is a history of paleoanthropological thought and discovery. Ian Tattersall's account of the study of human evolution offers a colorful history of fossil discoveries and a revealing insider's look at how these finds have been interpreted-and misinterpreted-through time. The second edition of The Fossil Trail brings the text up-to-datewith a look at what has happened in paleoanthropology in the thirteen intervening years since the first edition's publication. There has been not only a dramatic increase in the size and scope of the human fossil record, but the introduction of new techniques of analysis and of ways of interpretingthat record. Through it all, Tattersall discusses the great researchers and discoveries within the context of their social and scientific milieu to reveal the many forces that shape how we interpret fossil findings, and to give a picture of what lies ahead for the field. The Second Edition updates the original first fifteen chapters with the most recent research. The new edition also features a substantially revised Chapter 16, which provides a bridge to later developments about the Neanderthals and their precursors. Tattersall has also added two new chapters that cover the discoveries published over the past thirteen years. Chapter 17 launches a discussion of the state of paleoanthropology at the turn of the 21st Century, and Chapter 18 ties our most recentknowledge back to the beginning to look at where we've been and where we're headed. The author has also added a new gallery of maps of fossil sites-including Western Europe, Central Europe, The Caucuses and Near East, East Asia, Northern Africa, and Southern Africa-and updated the opening timeline toinclude the discovery of nearly 20 new species.

Preface
Preface to the First Edition
Abbreviations
Site Map of Western Europe
Site Map of Central Europe
Site Map of The Caucusus and the Near East
Site Map of East Asia
Site Map of Northern Africa
Site Map of Southern Africa
Before Darwin
Time and the Diversity of Life
Enter the Antiquarians
Paleontology
Neanderthal Debut
Darwin and After
Natural Selection
Early Disquisitions on Neanderthals
Antiquarianism Transforms into Archaeology
Evolving Notions of Early Humans
Pithecanthropus
Java Man
Changing Views of the Neanderthals
The Early Twentieth Century
Genetics and Species
The Hominid Fossil Record Grows
Dawson's Dawn Man
The "Neanderthal Phase of Man"
Out of Africa...
Australopithecus
Peking Man
Back to Java
...Always Something New
International Acceptance
A Prophet in His Own Country...
African Genesis
Olduvai Gorge
Outside Africa
The Synthesis
A Remarkable Convergence
Population Thinking
Paleoanthropology Capitulates
Radiometric Dating
The Record Expands and Stereotypes Fall
Olduvai Gorge
Zinjanthropus
"Jonny's Child"
A Dating Revolution
Handy Man
Collegial Mutterings
Rama's Ape Meets the Mighty Molecule
A New Hominid
A Top-Heavy Edifice
Enter the Molecules
What Is a Hominid?
Omo and Turkana
Hominid Catastrophism and the Single-Species Hypothesis
The Omo and Ethiopia
Koobi Fora and the Turkana Basin
The Artifactual Record
More from Koobi Fora
Hadar, Lucy, and Laetoli
Hadar, Lucy, and the First Family
Bodo and Laetoli
One Species or Two?
A Stem Hominid?
Bipeds and Climbers?
Why Bipedality?
Theory Intrudes
Phyletic Gradualism or Punctuated Equilibria?
Reluctant Acceptance
Reconstructing Phylogeny
Scenarios and Trees
Eurasia and Africa: The Record Grows
The Chinese Record
Homo heidelbergensis
Complex Lifeways
Archaeological Transition
East and South
Turkana and Olduvai-Again
The "Turkana Boy"
Back to Olduvai
The Unthinkable Thought
The Black Skull
Graciles and Robusts
Faunal Turnover
The Caveman Vanishes
Understanding the Caves
Diverse Records
A Complex Picture
Experimental Archaeology
Other Influences
The Neanderthal View of the World
Candelabras and Continuity
The Multiregional Model
The Diversity Perspective
A Single Origin
The Mighty Mitochondrion
Refinements in Dating
Levantine Coexistence
Another Fin de Siecle
Diet and Isotopes
Neanderthal Environmental Preferences
The Neanderthal Body
DNA from Neanderthals
Hybrid Red Herrings
High-Tech Morphometry
Atapuerca: A Fossil Cornucopia
Diversity Among Early Europeans
Out of Africa for the First Time
Moving East
"African Homo erectus": More Diversity?
Early Homo sapiens?
Evo-Devo
A "Human Revolution"?
"Adams" and "Eves"
The Mysterious Hominid of Flores
Back to the Beginning
A Veritable Menu of Earliest Hominids
Millennium Man
Sahelanthropus
Back to Kenya
More Entrants
Hadar Again
A Tale of Two Skeletons
A New "Robust"
Isotopes Again
New Australopiths from Ethiopia
Homo Revisited
Prospects
So, Where Are We?
Systematics-The Key to Understanding the Hominids
Becoming Human
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

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