A Companion to Paleoanthropology, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118332377
  • ISBN-13: 9781118332375
  • DDC: 569.9
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 648 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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A Companion to Paleoanthropology presents a compendium of readings representing the state-of-the-art in our knowledge relating to the study of ancient humans as found in fossil hominid evidence. Contributions from top scholars in paleoanthropology and related fields offer accessible overviews of paleontological methods and research topics for established researchers, instructors, students, and non-professionals alike. The original essays define new trends and current interpretations of the paleoanthropological record. Chapters are organized into sections that survey the history and techniques of paleoanthropology, evaluate the fossil evidence and the current classification of hominids, and review the trends throughout ape and human evolution in cranial, postcranial and brain evolution By presenting the latest findings and developments in the field, A Companion to Paleoanthropology represents an important contribution to our understanding of the current social discourse on human origins and evolution.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Illustrations.
List of Tables.
Notes on Contributors.
1: The Past, Present and Future of Paleoanthropology.
2: History.
3: Background to Paleoanthropology.
4: Method and Theory.
5: Human Systematics.
6: Experimental Approaches to Musculoskeletal Function in Primates.
7: Multivariate Quantitative Methods in Paleoanthropology.
8: Growth, Development, and Life History in Hominin Evolution.
9: Anatomical Regions.
10: Cranial Evolution in the Apes.
11: Hominid Brain Evolution.
12: Hominin Diets.
13: Origin and Evolution of Human Postcranial Anatomy.
14: Environment and Behavior.
15: Multiproxy Paleoecology: Reconstructing Evolutionary Context in Paleoanthropology.
16: Reconstructing Social Behavior from Fossil Evidence.
17: Geochronology.
18: The Origins and Evolution of Technology.
19: Genetics and Race.
20: Genetic Perspectives on Ape and Human Evolution.
21: The Genetics of Morphology.
22: Paleoanthropology and Race.
23: The Fossil Record.
24: Paleogene Primates.
25: Primate Origins.
26: Anthropoid Origins.
27: Catarrhine Origins.
28: Neogene/Quaternary Hominoids.
29: The Miocene Hominoid Radiations.
30: Before Australopithecus: The Earliest Hominins.
31: Australopithecus and Kenyanthropus.
32: Paranthropus.
33: The Age of Homo.
34: Earliest Homo.
35: Homo Erectus and Related Taxa.
36: The Middle Pleistocene Record: On the Ancestry of Neandertals, Modern Humans and Others….
37: Neanderthals.
38: Modern Human Origins.
39: Homo Floresiensis.