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The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution

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By: Ian Tattersall

327 pages, 97 b/w illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 2008 | Edition: 2 | #179248 | ISBN-13: 9780195367669
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About this book

Ideal for courses in Human Evolution, History of Paleoanthropology, and as a supplement for Introduction to Biological Anthropology, The Fossil Trail is a history of paleoanthropological thought and discovery. Ian Tattersall's account of the study of human evolution offers a colorful history of fossil discoveries and a revealing insider's look at how these finds have been interpreted - and misinterpreted - through time.

The second edition of The Fossil Trail brings the text up-to-date with a look at what has happened in paleoanthropology in the thirteen intervening years since the first edition's publication. There has been not only a dramatic increase in the size and scope of the human fossil record, but the introduction of new techniques of analysis and of ways of interpreting that record. Through it all, Tattersall discusses the great researchers and discoveries within the context of their social and scientific milieu to reveal the many forces that shape how we interpret fossil findings, and to give a picture of what lies ahead for the field. The Second Edition updates the original first fifteen chapters with the most recent research.

The new edition also features a substantially revised Chapter 16, which provides a bridge to later developments about the Neanderthals and their precursors. Tattersall has also added two new chapters that cover the discoveries published over the past thirteen years. Chapter 17 launches a discussion of the state of paleoanthropology at the turn of the 21st Century, and Chapter 18 ties our most recent knowledge back to the beginning to look at where we've been and where we're headed. The author has also added a new gallery of maps of fossil sites-including Western Europe, Central Europe, The Caucuses and Near East, East Asia, Northern Africa, and Southern Africa-and updated the opening timeline to include the discovery of nearly 20 new species.


Contents

Chapter 1 : Before Darwin; TIME AND THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE; ENTER THE ANTIQUARIANS; PALEONTOLOGY; NEANDERTHAL DEBUT ; Chapter 2 : Darwin and After; NATURAL SELECTION; EARLY DISQUISITIONS ON NEANDERTHALS; ANTIQUARIANISM TRANSFORMS INTO ARCHAEOLOGY; EVOLVING NOTIONS OF EARLY HUMANS ; Chapter 3 : Pithecanthropus; JAVA MAN; CHANGING VIEWS OF THE NEANDERTHALS ; Chapter 4 : The Early Twentieth Century; GENETICS AND SPECIES; THE HOMINID FOSSIL RECORD GROWS; DAWSON'S DAWN MAN; THE "NEANDERTHAL PHASE OF MAN" ; Chapter 5 : Out of Africa; AUSTRALOPITHECUS; PEKING MAN; BACK TO JAVA ; Chapter 6 : ... Always Something New; INTERNATIONAL ACCEPTANCE; A PROPHET IN HIS OWN COUNTRY ..; AFRICAN GENESIS; OLDUVAI GORGE; OUTSIDE AFRICA ; Chapter 7 : The Synthesis; A REMARKABLE CONVERGENCE; POPULATION THINKING; PALEOANTHROPOLOGY CAPITULATES; RADIOMETRIC DATING; THE RECORD EXPANDS AND STEREOTYPES FALL ; Chapter 8 : Olduvai Gorge; ZINJANTHROPUS; HANDY MAN ; Chapter 9 : Rama's Ape Meets the Mighty Molecule; A NEW HOMINID; A TOP-HEAVY EDIFICE; ENTER THE MOLECULES; WHAT IS A HOMINID? ; Chapter 10 : Omo and Turkana; HOMINID CATASTROPHISM AND THE SINGLE-SPECIES HYPOTHESIS; THE OMO AND ETHIOPIA; KOOBI FORA AND THE TURKANA BASIN; THE ARTIFACTUAL RECORD; MORE FROM KOOBI FORA; Chapter 11 : Hadar, Lucy and Laetoli; HADAR, LUCY AND THE FIRST FAMILY; BODO AND LAETOLI; ONE SPECIES OR TWO?; BIPEDS AND CLIMBERS?; WHY BIPEDALITY? ; Chapter 12 : Theory Intrudes; PHYLETIC GRADUALISM OR PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIA?; RECONSTRUCTING PHYLOGENY; SCENARIOS AND TREES ; Chapter 13 : Eurasia and Africa: Odds and Ends; THE CHINESE RECORD; HOMO HEIDELBERGENSIS; COMPLEX LIFEWAYS; ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRANSITION; EAST AND SOUTH ; Chapter 14 : Turkana and Olduvai - Again; THE "TURKANA BOY"; BACK TO OLDUVAI; THE UNTHINKABLE THOUGHT; THE BLACK SKULL; GRACILES AND ROBUSTS; FAUNAL TURNOVER ; Chapter 15 : The Cave-Man Vanishes; UNDERSTANDING THE CAVES; DIVERSE RECORDS; A COMPLEX PICTURE; EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY; OTHER INFLUENCES; THE NEANDERTHAL VIEW OF THE WORLD ; Chapter 16 : Candelabras and Continuity; THE MULTIREGIONAL MODEL; THE DIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE; A SINGLE ORIGIN; THE MIGHTY MITOCHONDRION; REFINEMENTS IN DATING; LEVANTINE COEXISTENCE ; Chapter 17 : Another Fin de Siecle; DIET AND ISOTOPES; NEANDERTHAL ENVIRONMENTAL PREFERENCES; THE NEANDERTHAL BODY; DNA FROM NEANDERTHALS; HYBRID RED HERRINGS; HITECH MORPHOMETRY; ATAPUERCA: A FOSSIL CORNUCOPIA; DIVERSITY AMONG EARLY EUROPEANS; OUT OF AFRICA FOR THE FIRST TIME; MOVING EAST; "AFRICAN HOMO ERECTUS": MORE DIVERSITY?; EARLY HOMO SAPIENS?; EVO-DEVO; A "HUMAN REVOLUTION"?; "ADAMS" AND "EVES"; THE MYSTERIOUS HOMINID OF FLORES ; Chapter 18 : Back to the Beginning; A VERITABLE MENU OF EARLIEST HOMINIDS; MILLENNIUM MAN; SAHELANTHROPUS; BACK TO KENYA; MORE ENTRANTS; HADAR AGAIN; A TALE OF TWO SKELETONS; A NEW "ROBUST"; ISOTOPES AGAIN; NEW AUSTRALOPITHS FROM ETHIOPIA; HOMO REVISITED; PROSPECTS ; Chapter 19 : So, Where Are We?; SYSTEMATICS - THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THE HOMINIDS; BECOMING HUMAN

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