Bones Stones And Molecules

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Author: David W. Cameron
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0121569330
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Bones Stones And Molecules by David W. Cameron

Original Title: Bones Stones And Molecules

Bones, Stones and Molecules provides some of the best evidence for resolving the debate between the two hypotheses of human origins. The debate between the 'Out of Africa' model and the 'Multiregional' hypothesis is examined through the functional and developmental processes associated with the evolution of the human skull and face and focuses on the significance of the Australian record. The book analyzes important new discoveries that have occurred recently and examines evidence that is not available elsewhere. Cameron and Groves argue that the existing evidence supports a recent origin for modern humans from Africa. They also specifically relate these two theories to interpretations of the origins of the first Australians. The book provides an up-to-date interpretation of the fossil, archaeological and the molecular evidence, specifically as it relates to Asia, and Australia in particular. * Readily accessible to the layperson and professional * Provides concise coverage of current scientific evidence * Presents a robust computer-generated model of human speciation over the last 7 million years * Well illustrated with figures and photographs of important fossil specimens * Presents a synthesis of great ape and human evolution

The Global Prehistory Of Human Migration

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Author: Immanuel Ness
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118970586
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The Global Prehistory Of Human Migration by Immanuel Ness

Original Title: The Global Prehistory Of Human Migration

Previously published as the first volume of The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, this work is devoted exclusively to prehistoric migration, covering all periods and places from the first hominin migrations out of Africa through the end of prehistory. Presents interdisciplinary coverage of this topic, including scholarship from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, genetics, biology, linguistics, and more Includes contributions from a diverse international team of authors, representing 17 countries and a variety of disciplines Divided into two sections, covering the Pleistocene and Holocene; each section examines human migration through chapters that focus on different regional and disciplinary lenses

Human Beginnings In South Africa

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Author: H. J. Deacon
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780761990864
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Human Beginnings In South Africa by H. J. Deacon

Original Title: Human Beginnings In South Africa

That Africa is the cradle of humankind has been conclusively confirmed in South Africa with the discoveries of fossil remains of early humans. In this book Hilary and Janette Deacon present the results of nearly 150 years of archaeological research that follows the progress of our Stone Age ancestors from these early beginnings to the late nineteenth century. The forgotten secrets of the precolonial period are not usually accorded high status in the histories of southern Africa but are vital for acknowledging the heritage of the indigenous people and for establishing the origins of all modern people. The evidence has been carefully pieced together to show that the roots of South African society stretch way back into the Stone Age. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, maps and diagrams, this book provides an up-to-date and authoritative account specially designed for general readers, students, teachers and researchers.

The Bone Readers

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Author: Claudio Tuniz
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The Bone Readers by Claudio Tuniz

Original Title: The Bone Readers

"Who owns the past? Scientists are reconstructing human prehistory with ever more refined techniques at a time when Indigenous people are demanding ownership of it, and when many archaeologists are challenging the primacy of scientific evidence. 'The bone readers' examines the most controversial issues in Australian pre-history. With a razor sharp eye and a fine sense of irony, the authors explain which hypotheses don't have legs and expose the implications for the politics of the present. They examine the facts and myths about first human arrival in Australia and later waves of arrivals, the implications of the discovery of Homo floresiensis (hobbits), sensitivities around the demise of megafauna, rock art dating, and what DNA tells us about ownership of human remains. Findings in Australia have implications for the history of the human species throughout the world, and they show how they can throw light on human lineages and animal extinctions elsewhere. Throughout they explain the complexities of scientific techniques for the general reader. This book sets the record straight for readers puzzled by the myriad claims and counterclaims. Not shy of controversy, it is bound to stir debate."--Provided by publisher.

Left In The Dark

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Author: Graham Gynn
ISBN: 0955678404
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Left In The Dark by Graham Gynn

Original Title: Left In The Dark

This is a totally new way of looking at the evolution of the human brain. It is so totally fresh, unexpected and hitherto un-thought-of that it will probably take a long time before evolutionary anthropologists and psychologists begin to take it on board; but it will make an impact, of that there is no doubt. It will be, it must be, taken very seriously in any discussion of human origins. Colin Groves: (Professor of Biological Anthropology at the School of Archaeology & Anthropology, Australian National University and author of several books including A Theory Of Human And Primate Evolution and Bones, Stones and Molecules)

The Cave Of Hearths

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Author: Anthony Sinclair
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd
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The Cave Of Hearths by Anthony Sinclair

Original Title: The Cave Of Hearths

This volume represents the efforts of a significant collaborative project and provides a completely up-to-date interpretation of the Cave of Hearths (Makapan Cave Valley, Limpopo Province, South Africa), which has played a key role in furthering knowledge of hominin prehistory and evolution in southern Africa. This work provides new analyses and interpretations of this important site and its archaeology, geology and palaeontology.

Epic Of Evolution

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Author: Lola Judith Chaisson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023150960X
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Epic Of Evolution by Lola Judith Chaisson

Original Title: Epic Of Evolution

In this enthralling and illuminating book, Eric Chaisson, author of the classic work Cosmic Dawn, synthesizes current scientific thinking regarding the origin and evolution of the universe. How did everything around us-the air, the land, the sea, and the stars-come to be? What is the source of order, form, and structure characterizing all material things? Drawing on recent breakthroughs in astrophysics and biochemistry, Chaisson explores the development of the most microscopic and the most immense aspects of our universe, including the idea that all objects-from quarks and quasars to microbes and minds-are interrelated. Epic of Evolution is a stunning view of how various changes, operating across almost incomprehensible domains of space and nearly inconceivable stretches of time-all by means of the cosmic evolutionary combination of chance and necessity-have given rise to our galaxy, our star, our planet, and ourselves.

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