214 pages, 65 b/w illustrations
This volume brings together a group of authors that address the question of the first out of Africa into Asia c. 2 Ma. The scope of the book is comprehensive as it covers almost every major region of Asia. The primary goal of this volume is to provide an updated synthesis of the current state of the Asian paleoanthropological and paleoenvironmental records. The papers include detailed studies of the theoretical constructs underlying the move out of Africa, including detailed reconstructions of the paleoenvironment and possible migration routes. Other papers detail the Plio-Pleistocene archaeological and hominin fossil records of particular regions.
1. Asian paleoanthropology: An introduction - Christopher J. Norton and David R. Braun
2. The colonization of "Savannahstan": issues of timing(s) and patterns of dispersal across Asia in the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene - Robin W. Dennell
3. On the road to China: The environmental landscape of the Early Pleistocene in western Eurasia and its implication for the dispersal of Homo - Miriam Belmaker
4. East Africa and East Asia: Comparisons of the earliest archaeological evidence - David R. Braun, Christopher J. Norton, and John W.K. Harris
5. Inter-continental variation in Acheulean bifaces - Ceri B. K. Shipton and Michael D. Petraglia
6. Cranial shape in Asian Homo erectus: geographic, anagenetic, and size-related variation - Karen L. Baab
7. Rethinking the Palearctic-Oriental biogeographic boundary in Quaternary China - Christopher J. Norton, Changzhu Jin, Yuan Wang, and Yingqi Zhang
8. The history of hominin occupation of Central Asia in review - Michelle M. Glantz
9. Core-and-flake assemblages of India - Parth R. Chauhan
10. South Asia as a geographic crossroad: Patterns and predictions of hominin morphology in Pleistocene India - Sheela Athreya
11. Cranial morphology and variation of the earliest Indonesian hominins - Yousuke Kaifu, Etty Indriati, Fachroel Aziz, Iwan Kurniawan, Teuku Jacob, and Hisao Baba
12. Central-East China - a Plio-Pleistocene dispersal corridor: The current state of evidence for hominin occupations - Christopher J. Norton, Xing Gao, Wu Liu, David R. Braun, and Xiujie Wu
13. The earliest hominin occupations in the Nihewan Basin of northern China: recent progress in field investigations - Chen Shen, Xing Gao, and Qi Wei
14. Peopling in the Korean Peninsula - Kidong Bae
15. When were the earliest hominin migrations to the Japanese Islands? - Kazuto Matsufuji
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Christopher Norton has spent the past eighteen years conducting paleoanthropological research in China, Korea, and Japan. Of those eighteen years, Norton has spent more than eight years actually living in those respective countries learning not only the paleoanthropology, but the cultures and languages as well. This has allowed Norton to develop a broader, regional scope for his research. This has facilitated his previous research and was the primary impetus for proposing this comprehensive synthesis of the current state of research in Asian paleoanthropology.
The co-editor, David Braun, works primarily in Africa. However, we both agreed that comparative research between Africa and Asia was critical to fully comprehending both regional records. This was the primary reason why we co-organized a symposium on Asian Paleoanthropology at the AAPA meeting in March 2007, which forms the foundation for this edited volume. Most of the presentations from that conference are chapters in this book.