Human beginnings in South Africa: uncovering the secrets of the Stone Age
In this readable, contemporary account, two of Africa's leading archaeologists present what we have learned about the development of human species in Southern Africa in 150 years of research. Generously illustrated with over 100 photos, drawings, and maps, the Deacons describe our primate ancestors, outline the process of emergence of the modern human species, and follow its development through Khoisan prehistory to the point of European contact. An ideal resource for professionals, text for university students, and reader for avocational archaeology.
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000 years ago Acheulian ancestor animals archaeologists arrows assemblages associated australopithecines baboon behaviour bifaces bipedalism Bleek bone Boomplaas brain carbon changes chimpanzees climates coast cores deposits early earth Eastern eland engravings evidence excavated fauna Figure flake formal tools fossils glacial gorillas groups habitats herders Holocene hominid Homo Howiesons Poort hunter-gatherers hunters hunting Ice Age interglacial isotope Karoo Khoekhoe Khoekhoen Khoisan Klasies River Later Stone Age layers living mammals middens Middle Stone Age million years ago modern humans Neanderthals Nelson Bay Nelson Bay Cave Oldowan ostrich eggshell paranthropines plant foods Pleistocene population pottery primates radiocarbon dates range recognised remains Riet Lowe Robberg rock art rock paintings rock shelters scrapers sequence sheep shell shellfish skull Smithfield social South Africa southern Africa species springbok Sterkfontein stone artefacts stone tools Swartkrans Taung teeth tion true humans Western Cape Wilton World monkeys