This work provides a compendium of uniform descriptions and illustrations of fossils from all the major sites that document the human evolutionary past. It focuses on the documentation of morphology, the essential basis for all further analysis of human biological history. The fossils are presented site-by-site in alphabetical order, with each site entry containing the morphological description, fossil illustrations, information on location, history of discovery, previous systematic assessments of the fossils, geological, archaeological, and faunal contexts, dating, and references to the primary literature.
...this work is a required purchase for all libraries supporting research in physical anthropology. (American Reference Books Annual, March 2007) "Schwartz and Tattershall's book offers us a window on this record..." (Canadian Journal of Archaeology, Volume 30, Issue 1, 2006) "Schwartz and Tattersall's project...is truly breathtaking in scope...a useful reference for any paleoanthropologist...get the book and make your students get it...worth the investment." (American Journal of Human Biology, March/April 2006) "...a very worthwhile contribution to the literature on early hominids...contains a trove of information and will likely remain a very useful reference for years to come." (Journal of Anthropological Research, Winter 2005)
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