Human Evolution Trails from the Past

ISBN-10: 0198567804
ISBN-13: 9780198567806
Edition: 2007
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Description: Human Evolution provides a comprehensive overview of hominid evolution, synthesising data and approaches from fields as diverse as physical anthropology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, genetics, archaeology, psychology and philosophy.The  More...

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Book details

List price: $107.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.376
Language: English

Human Evolution provides a comprehensive overview of hominid evolution, synthesising data and approaches from fields as diverse as physical anthropology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, genetics, archaeology, psychology and philosophy.The book starts with chapters on evolution, population genetics, systematics, and the methods for constructing evolutionary trees. These are followed by a comprehensive review of the fossil history of human evolution since our divergence from the apes. Subsequent chapters cover more recent data, both fossil and molecular, relating to the evolution of modern humans. A final section describes the evolution of culture, language, art, and morality.The authors are leading experts in two complementary fields of scholarship, physical anthropology and molecular evolution. Throughout the book they successfully integrate their expertise in evolutionary theory, phylogenetics, genomics, cultural evolution, language, aesthetics and morality to produce a cutting edge textbook, copiously illustrated and with an extensive and up-to-date bibliography. It will be suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate level students taking courses onhuman evolution within departments of biology, anthropology, psychology and philosophy. The book will also appeal to a more general audience seeking a readable, up-to-date and inclusive treatment of human origins and evolution.

Preface: Homo sapiens, the rational animal
Evolution, genetics, and systematics
The theory of evolution
Population and evolutionary genetics
The classification of living beings
The evolution of hominoids
Hominoid taxonomy
Early Miocene hominoids
Middle Miocene: the migration of apes out of Africa
Late Miocene: the divergence of great apes
The hominin lineage
The origin of hominins
Bipedal locomotion
Miocene and Pliocene genera and species
The first hominins
Australopithecus
Pliocene hominins: South Africa and the Rift Valley
South African sites
South African hominins of the Pliocene
The "gracile" and "robust" alternatives in East Africa
The Pliocene cladogenesis: Paranthropus versus Homo
Evidence from Koobi Fora
Alternatives in the evolution of robust and gracile clades
The radiation of Homo
Asian Homo erectus
The erectus grade in Africa
Evolutionary characteristics of the erectus grade
Cultural patterns in the migration out of Africa
The earliest cultures
Homo in Europe
The late-Pleistocene transition
Archaic Homo sapiens
Neanderthals
Molecular data
The origin of modern humans
The uniqueness of being human
Culture and mental traits during the late Paleolithic
The origins of symbolism
The origin of language
The evolution of moral behavior
Glossary
References
Index

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