The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 9, 2013 - Science - 480 pages
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This update to the award-winning The Origins of ModernHumans: A World Survey of the Fossil Evidence covers the mostaccepted common theories concerning the emergence of modern Homosapiens—adding fresh insight from top young scholars onthe key new discoveries of the past 25 years.

The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered allowsfield leaders to discuss and assess the assemblage of hominidfossil material in each region of the world during the Pleistoceneepoch. It features new fossil and molecular evidence, such as theevolutionary inferences drawn from assessments of modern humans andlarge segments of the Neandertal genome. It also addresses theimpact of digital imagery and the more sophisticated morphometricsthat have entered the analytical fray since 1984.

Beginning with a thoughtful introduction by the authors onmodern human origins, the book offers such insightful chaptercontributions as:

  • Africa: The Cradle of Modern People
  • Crossroads of the Old World: Late Hominin Evolution in WesternAsia
  • A River Runs through It: Modern Human Origins in East Asia
  • Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Australians
  • Modern Human Origins in Central Europe
  • The Makers of the Early Upper Paleolithic in WesternEurasia
  • Neandertal Craniofacial Growth and Development and ItsRelevance for Modern Human Origins
  • Energetics and the Origin of Modern Humans
  • Understanding Human Cranial Variation in Light of Modern HumanOrigins
  • The Relevance of Archaic Genomes to Modern Human Origins
  • The Process of Modern Human Origins: The Evolutionary andDemographic Changes Giving Rise to Modern Humans
  • The Paleobiology of Modern Human Emergence

Elegant and thought provoking, The Origins of Modern Humans:Biology Reconsidered is an ideal read for students, gradstudents, and professionals in human evolution andpaleoanthropology.

 

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An excellent book if you want a health serving of the science behind the story but don't want to get bogged down in a Thesis like writing style.

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As a Modern Pavlovion behaviourist looking at the generational social psychological conditioning of the Australian human for now close on Forty years. All conscious expression is compromised by subconscious processing with only the conscious part coming in as a social conditioned Ego....That is why the species is and has destroyed its future generations habitat. Just a spastic prime mate. Albert Einstein was a classic example .The human species thinks he was so intelligent but evolutionally he was part of a process of the species to change the Earth ecological systems destroying itself in that evolutional process .  

Contents

Contributors
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The Cradle of Modern Peoplie
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Late Hominin
Modern Human Origins
Acknowledgments
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Early Aurignacian
Acknowledgments
Neandertal Craniofacial Growth
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Energetics and the Origin of Modern Humans
Understanding Human Cranial Variation in Light
The Relevance of Archaic Genomes to Modern
Genetic Modernity

Modern Human Origins in Central Europe
Europe
Acknowledgments
The Makers of the Early Upper Paleolithic
Notes
The Paleobiology of Modern Human
Works Cited
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Fred Smith is Chairman of the Department of Anthropology atIllinois State University and a past president of the AmericanAssociation of Physical Anthropology.  A noted authority onneanderthal and early modern human evolution, Dr. Smith has a 40year record of thought-leading publications.

Jim Ahern is Associate Professor of BiologicalAnthropology at the University of Wyoming.  Dr.Ahern's research has covered many aspects of human biologicaland biocultural evolution, ranging from work on the origin of thehominin lineage to the peopling of the Americas.

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