5th Edition

Understanding Human Evolution





ISBN 9780131113909
Published September 23, 2004 by Routledge
429 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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?


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Biography

Jeffrey K. McKee, Ohio State University
Frank E. Poirier, Emeritus, Ohio State University
W. Scott McGraw, Ohio State University