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Neanderthals Revisited: New Approaches and Perspectives

Series: Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series

Edited By: Katerina Harvati and Terry Harrison

332 pages, 72 illus

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Dec 2006 [2008 reprint] | #162004 | ISBN: 1402051204
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Recent years have witnessed exciting and important scientific breakthroughs in the study of Neanderthals and their place in human evolution which have transformed our appreciation of this group's paleobiology and evolution. This volume presents cutting-edge research by leading scientists re-examining the major debates in Neanderthal research with the use of innovative state-of-the art methods and exciting new theoretical approaches.

Topics addressed include the re-evaluation of Neanderthal anatomy, inferred adaptations and habitual activities, developmental patterns, phylogenetic relationships, and the Neanderthal extinction; new methods include computer tomography, 3D geometric morphometrics, ancient DNA and bioenergetics. The diverse contributions offer fresh insights and advances in Neanderthal and modern human origins research.

Aus den Rezensionen: "! Dieses Buch prasentiert eine Fulle an Daten und neuen Einsichten rund um das Thema Neandertaler. Die Fortschritte, die bei der Lekture offensichtlich werden, sind dabei nicht das Ergebnis von neuen Funden. Vielmehr sind sie der Anwendung neuer Methoden und Technologien sowie der kritischen Auseinandersetzung mit etablierten Paradigmen zu verdanken. Es ist daher jedem, der sich fur Palaoanthropologie im Allgemeinen und Neandertaler im Besonderen interessiert, ohne Einschrankung zu empfehlen." (R. Ziegler, in: Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie Teil II, 2007, Issue 5-6, 958 ff.)


Contents

1. Neanderthals Revisited.- 2. The Distinctiveness and Systematic Context of Homo neanderthalensis.- 3. Saccopastore 1: The Earliest Neanderthal? A new Look at an Old Cranium.- 4. Inquiries into Neanderthal Cranio-facial Development and Evolution: ?Accretion? vs ?organismal? models.- 5. Neanderthals and Modern Humans ? Chimps and Bonobo.- 6. Cranial Growth models: Heterochrony, heterotopy, and the kinematics of Ontogeny.- 7. Bioenergetic Perspectives on Neanderthal Thermoregulatory and Activity Budgets.- 8. How different were Neanderthals? Habitual Activities? A Comparative Analysis with Diverse Groups of Recent Humans.- 9. Neanderthal Hands in their Proper Perspective.- 10. Did Neanderthals make the Chatelperronian Assemblage from La Grotte du Renne (Arcy-Sur-Cure, France)?- 11. The Fate of European Neanderthals: Results and Perspectives from Ancient DNA Analyses.- 12. Selection on Mitochondrial DNA and the Neanderthal Problem.- 13. Reliability of Cranial Morphology in Reconstructing Neanderthal Phylogeny.- 14. Non-metric Variation in Recent Humans as a Model for Understanding Neanderthal-Early Modern Human Differences: Just How "Unique" are Neanderthal Unique Traits.- 15. Earliest Upper Paleolithic crania from Mladec, Czech Republic, and the Question of Neanderthal-Modern Continuity: Metrical Evidence from the Fronto-Facial Region.- 16. Neanderthals and Modern Humans: An Example of a Mammalian Syngameon.- 17. Speciation by distance and temporal overlap: A New Approach to Understanding Neanderthal Evolution.- 18. The Neanderthal-H. sapiens Interface in Eurasia.

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Biography

Katerina Harvati is senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and adjunct Associate Professor at the Anthropology Department of the City University of New York Graduate School. Dr. Harvati is a paleoanthropologist specializing in Neanderthal evolution and modern human origins. Her broader research interests include primate and human evolution, evolutionary theory, life history and paleolithic archaeology. She has conducted fieldwork in Europe and Africa and is currently directing paleoanthropological research in Northern Greece. Her work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), the Journal of Human Evolution, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and elsewhere. Terry Harrison is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Study of Human Origins at New York University. His main research interests include all aspects of human and primate evolution. He has conducted paleontological field research in Europe, East Africa, and Asia, and he is currently directing research at the early hominin locality of Laetoli in Tanzania. He has published extensively on the evolutionary relationships and paleobiology of Miocene hominoids, East African vertebrate paleontology, and comparative anatomy. He is the editor of Neogene Paleontology of the Manonga Valley, Tanzania (Plenum Press).

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