Human Evolution: An Illustrated Introduction

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 18, 2009 - Science - 288 pages
The brief length and focused coverage of Human Evolution: An Illustrated Introduction have made this best-selling textbook the ideal complement to any biology or anthropology course in which human evolution is taught. The text places human evolution in the context of humans as animals, while also showing the physical context of human evolution, including climate change and the impact of extinctions. Chapter introductions, numerous drawings and photographs, and an essential glossary all add to the accessibility of this text.The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated to include coverage of the latest discoveries and perspectives, including:


New early hominid fossils from Africa and Georgia, and their implications
New archaeological evidence from Africa on the origin of modern humans
Updated coverage of prehistoric art, including new sites
New perspectives on molecular evidence and their implications for human population history.

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Contents

PART 1 HUMAN EVOLUTION IN PERSPECTIVE
1
1 OUR PLACE IN NATURE
3
2 HUMAN EVOLUTION AS NARRATIVE
7
3 HISTORICAL VIEWS
12
4 MODERN EVOLUTIONARY THEORY
18
5 THE PHYSICAL CONTEXT OF EVOLUTION
24
6 EXTINCTION AND PATTERNS OF EVOLUTIN
30
PART 2 BACKGROUND TO HUMAN EVOLUTION
37
20 THE AUSTRALOPITHECINES
131
21 EARLY HOMO
140
22 HOMININ RELATIONS
146
23 EARLY TOOL TECHNOLOGIES
151
BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR
157
24 THE CHANGING POSITION OF HOMO ERECTUS
159
25 NEW TECHNOLOGIES
166
26 HUNTER OR SCAVENGER?
170

7 DATING METHODS
39
MORPHOLOGICAL AND MOLECULAR
45
9 SCIENCE OF BURIAL
56
10 PRIMATE HERITAGE
60
PART 3 HUMANS AS ANIMALS
67
11 BODIES SIZE AND SHAPE
69
12 BODIES BRAINS AND ENERGY
75
13 BODIES BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE
80
14 NONHUMAN MODELS OF EARLY HOMININS
87
PART 4 HOMININ BEGINNINGS
93
MORPHOLOGICAL AND MOLECULAR VIEWS 15
95
16 ORIGIN OF THE HOMINOIDEA
103
17 ORIGIN OF BIPEDALISM
109
18 JAWS AND TEETH
116
A HISTORY OF DISCOVERIES 19
121
PART 5 THE HOMININ ADAPTATION
129
PART 7 THE ORIGIN OF MODERN HUMANS
177
27 THE NEANDERTHAL ENIGMA
179
28 ANATOMICAL EVIDENCE
187
29 GENETIC EVIDENCE
200
30 ARCHEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE
208
PART 8 THE HUMAN MILIEU
215
31 EVOLUTION OF THE BRAIN INTELLIGENCE AND CONSCIOUSNESS
217
32 THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE
222
33 ART IN PREHISTORY
229
PART 9 NEW WORLDS
237
34 THE AMERICAS AND AUSTRALIA
239
35 THE ORIGIN OF AGRICULTURE AND THE FIRST VILLAGERS
247
GLOSSARY
253
INDEX
257
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Roger Lewin is an Associate of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. He is the author of several books on human-origin research, three of which he co-authored with world-famous anthropologist Richard Leakey, as well as the author of the prize-winning Bones of Contention.

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