The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia: Inter-disciplinary Studies in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistics and Genetics (Google eBook)

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Michael D. Petraglia, Bridget Allchin
Springer Science & Business Media, May 22, 2007 - Social Science - 466 pages
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South Asia is home to a diverse range of prehistoric and contemporary cultures that include foragers, pastoralists, and farmers. In this book, archaeologists, biological anthropologists, geneticists and linguists are brought together in order to provide a comprehensive account of the history and evolution of human populations residing in the subcontinent. A wide range of topics and issues are addressed in this book, including hominin adaptations, behaviours, and dispersals; the origin and spread of food producing economies; and the cultural, biological and genetic relationship of foragers and settled communities. New theories, methodologies and interpretations presented in this book are bound to have a profound effect on the way in which the cultural record of South Asia is perceived and how this evolutionary history relates to events in the wider world.

  

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Contents

1 Human evolution and culture change in the Indian subcontinent
1
SETTING FOUNDATIONS
21
2 AfroEurasian mammalian fauna and early hominin dispersals
23
Early hominin land use in large river systems of northern India and Pakistan
40
Geodynamics monsoon dynamics habitat diversity and dispersal routes
69
5 The Acheulean of peninsular India with special reference to the Hungsi and Baichbal valleys of the lower Deccan
97
A century of research at Attirampakkam
121
7 Was Homo heidelbergensis in South Asia? A test using the Narmada fossil from central India
136
NEW WORLDS IN THE HOLOCENE
269
Early Holocene population affinities and subsistence adaptations
271
Physical anthropological assessment
297
Some thoughts from the last 10000 years
320
15 Anthropological historical archaeological and genetic perspectives on the origins of caste in South Asia
341
16 Language families and quantitative methods in South Asia and elsewhere
362
Support for geographical complexity in zebu domestication
385
18 Nonhuman genetics agricultural origins and historical linguistics in South Asia
393

THE MODERN SCENE
171
Tephrafall deposits in India and paleoanthropological implications
173
A review of the current evidence and discussion of its possible implications
201
Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA perspectives The world through the eyes of two haploid genomes
228
11 Cranial diversity in South Asia relative to modern human dispersals and global patterns of human variation
245
CONCLUDING REMARKS
444
19 Thoughts on The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia
447
Index
461
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About the author (2007)

Michael D. Petraglia was born in New York in 1960, and has been conducting research into the Paleolithic archaeology of South Asia since 1987. He is currently a Lecturer in the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge. He has conducted archaeological research in India, Arabia and North America. He is co-editor of the book, Early Human Behaviour in Global Context: the Rise and Diversity of the Lower Palaeolithic Record.

Bridget Allchin was born in Oxford in 1927, and has been conducting research into varied aspects of Indian prehistory and ethnography for more than four decades. She is currently Chair of the Ancient India & Iran Trust (Cambridge). Her books include The Stone Tipped Arrow, The Prehistory and Palaeogeography of the Great Indian Desert, and, with Raymond Allchin, The Birth of Indian Civilization, and The Rise of Civilization in India and Pakistan.

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