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Understanding Human Evolution

5th Edition

By Jeffrey K. McKee, Frank E. Poirier, W Scott Mcgraw


429 pages

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Paperback: 9780131113909
pub: 2004-09-23
Hardback: 9781138436602
pub: 2017-07-12

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For the one-term course in human evolution, paleoanthropology, or fossil hominins taught at the junior/senior level in departments of anthropology or biology.

This new edition provides a comprehensive overview to the field of paleoanthropology–the study of human evolution by analyzing fossil remains. It includes the latest fossil finds, attempts to place humans into the context of geological and biological change on the planet, and presents current controversies in an even-handed manner.

Table of Contents

1. Trends in Human Evolution.

2. Fossils, Fossilization, and Dating Methods.

3. Determining Evolutionary Relationships.

4. Our Place in the Animal Kingdom.

5. Reconstructing Ancient Human Behavior and Social Organizations: Use of the Comparative Approach.

6. Early Primate Evolution.

7. Basal Anthropoids, The Evolution of Monkeys, and the Transition to Apes.

8. The Early Hominins.

9. The Hominin Divergence.

10. The Spread of Homo Beyond Africa.

11. Transitions to Archaic Homo sapiens.

12. Neandertals and Their Immediate Predecessors.

13. The Appearance of Homo sapiens sapiens.

14. Conclusion?


About the Authors

Jeffrey K. McKee, Ohio State University

Frank E. Poirier, Emeritus, Ohio State University

W. Scott McGraw, Ohio State University

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology