Principles of Human Evolution

ISBN-10: 0632047046
ISBN-13: 9780632047048
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
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Description: Many discoveries and new evidence have emerged since the first edition, making this book a timely and necessary addition to any introductory evolution course. The focus now is on the fundamentals of evolutionary theory and molecular genetics.

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Book details

List price: $138.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Many discoveries and new evidence have emerged since the first edition, making this book a timely and necessary addition to any introductory evolution course. The focus now is on the fundamentals of evolutionary theory and molecular genetics.

Preface for students: a guide to studying human evolution
Acknowledgments
The Framework of Human Evolution
The growth of the evolutionary perspective
Our place in nature
Establishing the link between humans and apes: historical views
Human evolution as narrative and as explanation
The principles of evolutionary theory
The fundamentals of evolutionary theory
Modern evolutionary theory: the development of Neo-Darwinism and the power of natural selection
Pattern and process in evolution
From micro- to macroevolution: debates in modern evolutionary theory
The physical context of evolution
Extinction and patterns of evolution
The geological context
Dating methods
The science of burial
The systematic context
Systematics
Molecular systematics
Human evolution in comparative perspective
Primate heritage
The comparative perspective
Bodies, size, and shape
Bodies, brains, and energy
Reconstructing behavior
Bodies, behavior, and social structure
Non-human models of early hominin behavior
Jaws and teeth
Early Hominin Evolution
Apes, hominins, and humans: morphology, molecules, and fossils
Morphology and molecules: a history of conflict
Evolution of the catarrhines: the context of hominin origin
Searching for the first hominins
The earliest hominins
Bipedalism
The apelike hominins
The australopithecines
Origins of Homo
The genus Homo
Hominin relationships
Behavior and evolution of early hominins
Early tool technologies
The pattern of early hominin evolution
Africa and beyond: the evolution of Homo
Evolutionary patterns
New technologies
Hunter or scavenger?
Later Hominin Evolution
The origin of modern humans: background and fossil evidence
Background for the evolution of modern humans
Competing hypotheses for modern human origins
Chronological evidence
The question of regional continuity
The place of Neanderthals in human evolution
The origin of modern humans: genetic evidence
The impact of molecular evolutionary genetics
Recent developments
The origin of modern humans: archeology, behavior, and evolutionary process
Archeological evidence
Regional patterns in the archeology
Toward an integrated model of modern human origins
Evolution of the brain, intelligence, and culture
Encephalization
Cultural evolution
Language and symbolism
The evolution of language
Art in prehistory
New worlds, old worlds
Completing colonization
The first villagers
The human evolutionary heritage
References
Index

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