The People of Palomas: Neandertals from the Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo, Southeastern Spain

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Erik Trinkaus, Michael J. Walker
Texas A&M University Press, Apr 3, 2017 - Social Science - 320 pages
 The Neandertal site of the Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo, located in Murcia in southeastern Spain, is unique in several respects. One of its most important contribution to the field of Anthropology, however, may be that it has yielded of the remains of at least 17 Neandertals, adding appreciable breadth to the available data for a greater understanding of Neandertals. Further, its location in the southern Iberian Peninsula provides the potential for studying a population that may have been somewhat isolated from contemporaneous groups of early humans.
 
This comprehensive analysis represents the first detailed description and analysis of the human fossil assemblage found at the Sima de las Palomas site. While scientific discussion continues regarding the precise impact of Neandertals upon modern human physiology and biology, The People of Palomas adds significantly to our knowledge of the human fossil record of the Late Pleistocene.
 
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Context of the Sima de las Palomas Neandertals
4
3 The Palomas Neandertal Sample
19
4 The Palomas Cranial Remains
24
5 The Palomas Mandibles
30
Preservation Wear and Morphology
52
Size and Proportions
89
Shape Morphometrics
105
12 The Palomas Oral Paleopathologyand Stress Indicators
175
13 The Palomas Postcrania
183
14 The Palomas Body Size and Proportions
229
15 The Palomas Mortality Patterns
239
16 The People of Palomas
245
References
249
Contributors
273
Index
275

Enamel Thickness and Tissue Proportions
115
Postcanine Wear
138
Nonmasticatory Wear
155
Color Plates
279
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ERIK TRINKAUS is the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. MICHAEL J. WALKER is honorific emeritus professor in the Department of Zoology and Physical Anthropology at the University of Murcia, Spain.

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