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About this book
About this book
The 2003 discovery of a human partial skeleton at Tianyuandong (Tianyuan Cave) excited worldwide interest. The first human skeleton from the region to be directly radiocarbon-dated (to 40,000 years before present), its geological age places it close to the time period during which modern humans became permanently established across the Old World (between 50,000 and 35,000 years ago).
Through detailed description and interpretation of the most complete early modern human skeleton from eastern Asia, this book addresses long-term questions about the ancestry of modern humans in eastern Asia and the nature of the changes in human behavior with the emergence of modern human biology.
HONG SHANG is an associate professor and associate researcher in the Department of Paleoanthropology, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, where she also received her PhD. ERIK TRINKAUS, a prominent paleoanthropologist and expert on Neandertal and early modern human biology, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor in Arts & Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
245 pages, 42 b/w & 8 col photos, 40 figs, 54 tabs, 3 maps
. . . the authors provide a detailed description of the remains, state of preservation, anatomy, body proportions, and pathologies. . . provides a balanced coverage of both who was Tianyuan (definitely a modern human), but also a little bit of how he or she lived. . . meticulous descriptions and analyses.--Brigitte M. Holt, assistant professor of anthropology, University of Massachusetts "The human remains found in Tianyuan Cave near Zhoukoudian, Beijing include more than thirty pieces of mandible, teeth, postcranial bones. The direct AMS dating on the human bone gives an age about 40 ka making the Tianyuan Cave among the groups of early modern humans in East Asia. The authors give detailed morphological and metric descriptions for the Tianyuan human remains in this manuscript. In addition, several issues of late Pleistocene human evolution are addressed."--Liu Wu, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Beijing, China "Not only does this detailed monograph on Tianyuan stand as an excellent example of high-quality description and analysis of important human fossils, it also provides, for the first time, reliably dated evidence on the initial appearance of early modern people on the East Asian mainland. Thus, this work will have a significant impact on our understanding of later human evolution in Asia for many years to come, regardless of individual views on evidence for continuity between early modern and archaic Asians."--Fred Smith, professor of anthropology and Biological Sciences Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University