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The Origins of Modern Humans

Biology Reconsidered

By Fred H. Smith, James C. Ahern

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Format: Hardcover, 480 pages, 2nd Revised Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 13 September 2013
This work provides an update of an award-winning classic, which introduced the major competing theories in human evolution. The coverage now features new fossil and molecular evidence, such as the genetic evidence including evolutionary inferences drawn from assesments of modern humans and large segments of the genome of the Neanderthal. The inclusion of younger scholars also enhances the work, leading to a comprehensive and vibrant current edition.

Table of Contents

Contributors ix Introduction: Thoughts on Modern Human Origins: From 1984 to 2012 xi Fred H. Smith and James C. M. Ahern 1 Africa: The Cradle of Modern People 1 Osbjorn M. Pearson 2 Crossroads of the Old World: Late Hominin Evolution in Western Asia 45 Robert G. Franciscus and Trenton W. Holliday 3 A River Runs through It: Modern Human Origins in East Asia 89 Karen R. Rosenberg and Xinzhi Wu 4 Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Australians 123 Arthur C. Durband and Michael C. Westaway 5 Modern Human Origins in Central Europe 151 James C. M. Ahern, Ivor Jankoviae, Jean-Luc Voisin, and Fred H. Smith 6 The Makers of the Early Upper Paleolithic in Western Eurasia 223 Jean-Jacques Hublin 7 Neandertal Craniofacial Growth and Development and Its Relevance for Modern Human Origins 253 Frank L Engle Williams 8 Energetics and the Origin of Modern Humans 285 Andrew W. Froehle, Todd R. Yokley, and Steven E. Churchill 9 Understanding Human Cranial Variation in Light of Modern Human Origins 321 John H. Relethford 10 The Relevance of Archaic Genomes to Modern Human Origins 339 John Hawks and Zach Throckmorton 11 The Process of Modern Human Origins: The Evolutionary and Demographic Changes Giving Rise to Modern Humans 355 Rachel Caspari and Milford H. Wolpoff 12 The Paleobiology of Modern Human Emergence 393 Erik Trinkaus Index 435 The color plate section can be found between pages 242 and 243.

About the Author

Fred Smith is Chairman of the Department of Anthropology atIllinois State University and a past president of the AmericanAssociation of Physical Anthropology. A noted authority onneanderthal and early modern human evolution, Dr. Smith has a 40year record of thought-leading publications. Jim Ahern is Associate Professor of BiologicalAnthropology at the University of Wyoming. Dr.Ahern's research has covered many aspects of human biologicaland biocultural evolution, ranging from work on the origin of thehominin lineage to the peopling of the Americas.

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A valuable resource, likely to be a source of discussionfor specialists through the decade. Summing Up: Highlyrecommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. (Choice, 1 July 2014) "The editors are to be congratulated for having assembled thisoverall extraordinary group of researchers to update thethree-decades-old Origins. I am confident that the presentvolume will take its place alongside its predecessor as a book towhich many professionals and students alike will turn for currentinformation and thinking on the biology of modern human origins. Iam certain that Frank Spencer would have approved of theeditors efforts." (The Quarterly Review ofBiology, 1 June 2014)

EAN: 9780470894095
ISBN: 0470894091
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Dimensions: 25.65 x 18.03 x 2.29 centimetres (1.07 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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