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Human Paleontology and Prehistory: Contributions in Honor of Yoel Rak

  • Maximizes understanding of fundamental processes in human evolution
  • Provides an archaeological perspective on Neanderthals and their contemporaries
  • Highlights the importance of human evolutionary studies for 21st century medical professionals and physicians

Series: Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series

By: Assaf Marom(Editor), Erella Hovers(Editor), William H Kimbel(Foreword By)

276 pages, 16 colour & 83 b/w photos and illustrations, 16 tables


Hardback | Feb 2017 | #232696 | ISBN-13: 9783319466446
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About this book

The aim of Human Paleontology and Prehistory is to present original and though-provoking essays in human paleontology and prehistory, which are at the forefront of human evolutionary research, in honor of Professor Yoel Rak (a leading scholar in paleoanthropology). The volume presents a collection of original papers contributed by many of Yoel's friends and colleagues from all over the globe.

Contributions from experts around the globe fall roughly into three broad categories: Reflections on some of the broad theoretical questions of evolution, and especially about human evolution; the early hominins, with special emphasis on Australopithecus afarensis and Paranthropus; and the Neanderthals, that contentious group of our closest extinct relatives. Within and across these categories, nearly every paper addresses combinations of methodological, analytical and theoretical questions that are pertinent to the whole human evolutionary time span. Human Paleontology and Prehistory will appeal most to scholars and advanced students in paleoanthropology, human paleontology and prehistoric archaeology.


1 Why Was Human Evolution So Rapid
2 Wallace's Controversy with Darwin on Man's Mental Evolution, on the Position of the Natives in Human Evolution and his Anticipation of Cultural Evolution, as Distinct from Biological Evolution
3 Man's Place in Past and Future Evolution: A Historical Survey of Remarkable Ideas
4 The Paleoecology of the Upper Ndolanya Beds, Laetoli, Tanzania, and Its Implications for Hominin Evolution
5 The Australopithecine Brain: Controversies Perpetual
6 Posture, Locomotion and Bipedality: The Case of the Gerenuk (Litocranius walleri)
7 Canine Height and Jaw Gape in Catarrhines with Reference to Canine Reduction in Early Hominins
8 Paranthropus: Where Do Things Stand?
9 Feeding Behavior and Diet in Paranthropus Boisei: The Limits of Functional Inferences from the Mandible
10 Aspects of Mandibular Ontogeny in Australopithecus afarensis
11 Middle Pleistocene Homo crania from Broken Hill and Petralona: Morphology, Metric Comparisons, and Evolutionary Relationship
12 Thermoregulation in Homo erectus and Neanderthals: A Reassessment Using a Segmented Model
13 Behavioral Differences between Near Eastern Neanderthals and the Early Modern Humans from Skhul and Qafzeh: An Assessment Based on Comparative Samples of Holocene Humans
14 The Acheulo-Yabrudian - Early Middle Paleolithic Sequence of Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel
15 A 3-D Look at the Tabun C2 Jaw
16 The Dentition of the Earliest Modern Humans: How 'Modern' Are They?
17 Talking Hyoids and Talking Neanderthals
18 3D Reconstruction of the Spinal Posture of the Kebara 2 Neanderthal
19 Brother or Other? The Place of Neanderthals in Human Evolution

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Assaf Marom is a M.D, Ph.D student at the Department of Anatomy & Anthropology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Erella Hovers is a Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research Interests include understanding the Plio-Pleistocene archaeology in East Africa, the Middle Paleolithic of the Levant, the evolution of symbolism and art, lithic technology, subsistence and mobility (land-use strategies) of early hominins, taphonomy and site formation processes, and archaeological theory.

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