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Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia Inter-Disciplinary Studies in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistics and Genetics

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ISBN-10: 1402055617

ISBN-13: 9781402055614

Edition: 2007

Authors: Michael D. Petraglia, Bridget Allchin

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South Asia is home to a diverse range of prehistoric and contemporary cultures that include foragers, pastoralists, and farmers. In this book, archaeologists, biological anthropologists, geneticists and linguists are brought together in order to provide a comprehensive account of the history and evolution of human populations residing in the subcontinent. A wide range of topics and issues are addressed in this book, including hominin adaptations, behaviours, and dispersals; the origin and spread of food producing economies; and the cultural, biological and genetic relationship of foragers and settled communities. New theories, methodologies and interpretations presented in this book are bound to have a profound effect on the way in which the cultural record of South Asia is perceived and how this evolutionary history relates to events in the wider world.
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Book details

List price: $129.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 3/26/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 465
Size: 9.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.234
Language: English

Michael D. Petraglia was born in New York in 1960, and has been conducting research into the Paleolithic archaeology of South Asia since 1987. He is currently a Lecturer in the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge. He has conducted archaeological research in India, Arabia and North America. He is co-editor of the book, Early Human Behaviour in Global Context: the Rise and Diversity of the Lower Palaeolithic Record. Bridget Allchin was born in Oxford in 1927, and has been conducting research into varied aspects of Indian prehistory and ethnography for more than four decades. She is currently Chair of the Ancient India & Iran Trust (Cambridge). Her books include The Stone Tipped Arrow, The Prehistory and Palaeogeography of the Great Indian Desert, and, with Raymond Allchin, The Birth of Indian Civilization, and The Rise of Civilization in India and Pakistan.

Human evolution and culture change in the Indian subcontinent
Afro-Eurasian mammalian fauna and early hominin dispersals
"Resource-rich, stone-poor" : early hominin land use in large river systems of northern India and Pakistan
Toward developing a basin model for Paleolithic settlement of the Indian subcontinent : geodynamics, monsoon dynamics, habitat diversity and dispersal routes
The Acheulean of peninsular India with special reference to the Hungsi and Baichbal valleys of the lower Deccan
Changing trends in the study of a Paleolithic site in India : a century of research at Attirampakkam
Was Homo heidelbergensis in South Asia? : a test using the Narmada fossil from central India
The Toba supervolcanic eruption : Tephra-fall deposits in India and paleoanthropological implications
The emergence of modern human behavior in South Asia : a review of the current evidence and discussion of its possible implications
Genetic evidence on modern human dispersals in South Asia : Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA perspectives : the world through the eyes of two haploid genomes
Cranial diversity in South Asia relative to modern human dispersals and global patterns of human variation
Interpreting biological diversity in South Asian prehistory : early Holocene population affinities and subsistence adaptations
Population movements in the Indian subcontinent during the protohistoric period : physical anthropological assessment
Foragers and forager-traders in South Asian worlds : some thoughts from the last 10,000 years
Anthropological, historical, archaeological and genetic perspectives on the origins of caste in South Asia
Language families and quantitative methods in South Asia and elsewhere
Duality in Bos indicus mtDNA diversity : support for geographical complexity in Zebu domestication
Non-human genetics, agricultural origins and historical linguistics in South Asia
Thoughts on the evolution and history of human populations in South Asia