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Human Origins


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IntroductionChapter 1. Forty Years On: Biosocial Anthropology RevisitedHilary CallanChapter 2. Rethinking the Relationship between Studies of Ethnobiological Knowledge and the Evolution of Human Cultural CognitionRoy EllenChapter 3. Toward a Theory of EverythingChris Knight and Jerome LewisChapter 4. Sexual Insult and Female MilitancyShirley G. ArdenerChapter 5. Who Sees the Elephant? Sexual Egalitarianism in Social Anthropology's RoomMorna FinneganChapter 6. From Metaphor to Symbols and Grammar: The Cumulative Cultural Evolution of LanguageAndrew D. M. Smith and Stefan HoeflerChapter 7. Reconstructing a Source Cosmology for African Hunter-gatherersCamilla PowerChapter 8. Sounds in the Night: Ritual Bells, Therianthropes, and Eland Relations among the HadzaThea SkaanesChapter 9. Human Physiology, San Shamanic Healing and the 'Cognitive Revolution'Chris LowChapter 10. Rain Serpents in Northern Australia and Southern Africa: a Common Ancestry?Ian WattsChapter 11. Bedouin Matrilineality RevisitedSuzanne E. JosephChapter 12. 'From Lucy to Language: The Archaeology of the Social Brain' An Open Invitation for Social Anthropology to Join the Evolutionary DebateWendy JamesAfterwordAlan BarnardBibliographyIndex

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Camilla Power is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of East London. Her research has focused on the evolutionary emergence of symbolic culture, language, art and religion. Morna Finnegan is an independent researcher who has published on the sexual egalitarianism of Central African hunter-gatherers, with a particular focus on the relationship between ritual and political domains. Hilary Callan is Director Emerita of the Royal Anthropological Institute, having served as Director from 2000 to 2010. She has held various academic positions in anthropology and international education.


"This work provides an important link between social anthropology and evolutionary anthropology, developing a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding human origins." * Dimitri Bondarenko, The Russian Academy of Sciences

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