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Handbook of Paleoanthropology (3-Volume Set)

By: Winfried Henke(Editor), Ian Tattersall(Editor)
2000 pages, 270 illustrations
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Handbook of Paleoanthropology (3-Volume Set)
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Palaeoanthropology is perhaps the most multidisciplinary of all the sciences. Any complete account of the evolution and cultural and biological context of Homo sapiens must combine information from geology, palaeoecology, primatology, evolutionary biology and a host of other fields. Above all, historical information needs to be combined with, and interpreted in the light of, what we know of the living world. Palaeoanthropology is also an actively developing field in which much remains to be settled. The three volumes of this handbook bring together contributions by the world's leading specialists that reflect the broad spectrum of modern palaeoanthropology, thus presenting an indispensable resource for both professionals and students alike.

Volume 1 deals with principles, methods, and approaches. In recent years, enormous advances have been made in such areas as phylogenetic analysis, palaeoecology and evolutionary theory and philosophy. The contributions in this first volume present the state of the art in these fields, provide succinct introductions to them and reflect the many ways in which they interact.

As human beings are primates, Volume 2 is devoted to primate origins, evolution, behaviour, and adaptive variety. Its emphasis is on integration of fossil data with the vast amount that is now known of the behaviour and ecology of living primates in natural environments.

Volume 3 deals with the fossil and molecular evidence for the evolution of Homo sapiens and its fossil relatives (the family Hominidae or subfamily Homininae, according to taste, a matter that we have left to the individual contributors).

Contents

Volume 1: Principles, Methods, and Approaches 1.Historical Overview of Paleoanthropological Research 2.Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus 3.The Ontogeny-Phylogeny Nexus in a Nutshell 4.Principles of Taxonomy and Classification 5.Quantitative Approaches to Phylogenetics 6.Homology 7.Taphonomic and Diagenetic Processes 8.Archaeology 9.Contribution of Stable Light Isotopes to Paleoenviromental Reconstruction 10.Chronometric Methods in Paleoanthropology 11. Geological Background of Hominid Sites in Africa 12.Paleoclimate 13.Paleosol 14.Quaternary Deposits and Paleosites 15.Zoogeography 16.Patterns of Diversification and Extinction 17.Paleoecology 18.Hominin Paleodiets 19.Estimation of Basic Life History Data of Fossil Hominoids 20.Population Genetics and Paleoanthropology 21.Ancient DNA 22.The Paleodemography of Extinct Hominin Populations 23.Modelling the Past: The Primatological Approach 24.Modelling the Past: The Ethnological Approach 25.Modelling the Past: The Linguistic Approach 26.General Principles of Evolutionary Morphology 27.Computer-based Reconstruction 28.Prospects and Pitfalls Volume 2: Primate Evolution and Human Origins1.Primate Origins and Supraordinal Relationships 2.Molecular Evidence on Primate Origins and Evolution 3.Fossil Record of the Primates from the Paleocene to the Oligocene 4.Fossil Record of Miocene Hominoids 5.The Biotic Environments of the Late Miocene Hominoids 6.Postcranial and Locomotor Adaptations of Hominoids 7.Hominoid Cranial Diversity and Adaptation 8.Dental Adaptations of African Apes 9.Evolution of the Primate Brain 10.Primate Life Histories 11.The Biology and Evolution of Ape and Monkey Feeding 12.Great Ape Social Systems 13.Primate Intelligence 14.Chimpanzee Hunting Behaviour 15.Cooperation, Coalition, Alliances Volume 3: Phylogeny of Hominids1.Potential Hominoid Ancestors for Hominidae 2.Defining Hominidae 3.Origins of Homininae and Putative Selection Pressures Acting on the Early Hominins 4.Role of Environmental Stimuli in Hominid Origins 5.Origin of Bipedal Locomotion 6.The Earliest Putative Hominids 7.The Species and Diversity of Australopiths 8.Defining the Genus Homo Morphologically 9.The Earliest Putative Homo Fossils 10.Homo ergaster and Its Contemporaries 11.Defining Homo erectus 12. Later Middle Pleistocene Homo 13. Neanderthals and their Contemporaries 14.Origin of Modern Humans 15.Analysing Hominid Phylogeny 16.Biomolecules 17.Population Biology and Population Genetics of Pleistocene Hominins 18. Species Concepts and Speciation 19.Human Environmental Impact in the Paleolithic and Neolithic 20.The Dentition of American Indians 21.Overview of Paleolithic Archaeology 22.The Network of Brain, Body, Language, and Culture 23.An Overview of the Patterns of Behavioural Change in Africa and Eurasia during the Middle and Late Pleistocene 24.Paleoanthropology and the Foundation of Ethics

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By: Winfried Henke(Editor), Ian Tattersall(Editor)
2000 pages, 270 illustrations
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
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Aus den Rezensionen: "! Die Beitrage ! verdeutlichen sehr eindrucksvoll die breite Grundlage an Fakten, Methoden und Aussagen ... Es folgen eine Autorenliste mit Anschriften sowie der ... sehr detaillierte Index ... zu allen drei Banden. Auch wenn die Palaoanthropologie eine dynamische ... Disziplin ist, wird das ... Handhuch lange Zeit eine unverzichtbare Grundlage fur Studenten und ein Nachschlagewerk fur ... Interessenten der Palaoanthropologie bleiben. Es vermittelt einen umfassenden Auberblick uber diese weit gefacherte Disziplin, und die Auswahl der Themen und Beitrage durch die Herausgeber ist als sehr gegluckt zu bezeichnen ..." (Herbert Ullrich, in: Anthropologischer Anzeiger, 2008, Vol. 66, Issue 1, S. 12 ff.)

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