Asian Paleoanthropology: From Africa to China and Beyond

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Christopher J. Norton, David R. Braun
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 26, 2010 - Social Science - 216 pages
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This volume brings together a group of authors that address the question of the first out of Africa into Asia c. 2 Ma. The scope of the book is comprehensive as it covers almost every major region of Asia. The primary goal of this volume is to provide an updated synthesis of the current state of the Asian paleoanthropological and paleoenvironmental records. Papers include detailed studies of the theoretical constructs underlying the move out of Africa, including detailed reconstructions of the paleoenvironment and possible migration routes. Other papers detail the Plio-Pleistocene archaeological and hominin fossil records of particular regions.
 

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Contents

Asian Paleoanthropology An Introduction
1
The Colonization of Savannahstan Issues of Timings and Patterns of Dispersal Across Asia in the Late Pliocene a
7
On the Road to China The Environmental Landscape of the Early Pleistocene in Western Eurasia and Its Implication
31
Africa and Asia Comparisons of the Earliest Archaeological Evidence
41
Intercontinental Variation in Acheulean Bifaces
49
Cranial Shape in Asian Homo erectus Geographic Anagenetic and SizeRelated Variation
57
Rethinking the PalearcticOriental Biogeographic Boundary in Quaternary China
81
The History of Hominin Occupation of Central Asia in Review
101
CoreandFlake Assemblages of Central and Peninsular India
113
South Asia as a Geographic Crossroad Patterns and Predictions of Hominin Morphology in Pleistocene India
129
Cranial Morphology and Variation of the Earliest Indonesian Hominids
143
CentralEast China A PlioPleistocene Dispersal Corridor The Current State of Evidence for Hominin Occupations
158
The Earliest Hominin Occupations in the Nihewan Basin of Northern China Recent Progress in Field Investigations
169
Peopling in the Korean Peninsula
181
When Were the Earliest Hominin Migrations to the Japanese Islands?
191
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Christopher Norton has spent the past eighteen years conducting paleoanthropological research in China, Korea, and Japan. Of those eighteen years, Norton has spent more than eight years actually living in those respective countries learning not only the paleoanthropology, but the cultures and languages as well. This has allowed Norton to develop a broader, regional scope for his research. This has facilitated his previous research and was the primary impetus for proposing this comprehensive synthesis of the current state of research in Asian paleoanthropology. The co-editor, David Braun, works primarily in Africa. However, we both agreed that comparative research between Africa and Asia was critical to fully comprehending both regional records. This was the primary reason why we co-organized a symposium on Asian Paleoanthropology at the AAPA meeting in March 2007, which forms the foundation for this edited volume. Most of the presentations from that conference are chapters in this book.

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