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Handbook of Paleoanthropology

Vol I:Principles, Methods and Approaches Vol II:Primate Evolution and Human Origins Vol III:Phylogeny of Hominids

Henke, Winfried, Tattersall, Ian (Eds.)

2007, XXV, 2069p. 264 illus.. In 3 volumes, not available separately.

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  • First comprehensive handbook that takes a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach to palaeoanthropology
  • Three volumes cover the breadth and depth of a vast topic
  • Available in print, online or in a cost-saving bundled combination

Palaeoanthropology is perhaps the most multidisciplinary of all the sciences, combining information from geology, palaeoecology, primatology, evolutionary biology and a host of other fields in the study of Homo sapiens. 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 professionals and students alike.

Volume 1 reviews principles, methods, and approaches, recounting recent advances and state-of-the-art knowledge in phylogenetic analysis, palaeoecology and evolutionary theory and philosophy.

Volume 2 is devoted to primate origins, evolution, behaviour, and adaptive variety, emphasizing integration of fossil data with the considerable contemporary knowledge 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 editors recognize that historical information must be combined with and interpreted in light of what we know of t

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Fossils and Molecular Biology - Human Evolution - Palaeoanthropology - Primate Evolution

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Geology

Table of contents 

Volume 1: Principles, Methods, and Approaches

Editorial: Paleoanthropology - A Multidisciplinary Approach (Henke & Tattersall)

Chap. 1: Historical Overview of Paleoanthropological Research (Henke)

Chap. 2: Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus (Huneman)

Chap. 3: The Ontogeny-Phylogeny Nexus in a Nutshell: Implications for Primatology and Paleoanthropology (Menke)

Chap. 4: Principles of Taxonomy and Classification: Current Procedures for Naming and Classifying Organisms (Ohl)

Chap. 5: Quantitative Approaches to Phylogenetics (Folinsbee, Evans, Fröbisch, Tsuji & Brooks)

Chap. 6: Homology: a Philosophical and Biological Perspective (Rieppel)

Chap. 7: Taphonomic and Diagenetic Processes (Grupe)

Chap. 8: Archaeology (Haidle)

Chap. 9: Contribution of Stable Light Isotopes to Paleoenviromental Reconstruction (Lee-Thorp & Sponheimer)

Chap. 10: Chronometric Methods in Paleoanthropology (Wagner)

Chap. 11: Geological Background of Hominid Sites in Africa (Kullmer)

Chap. 12: Paleoclimate (Alverson)

Chap. 13: Paleosol (Retallack)

Chap. 14: Quaternary Deposits and Paleosites (Jaeger)

Chap. 15: Zoogeography - Primate and Early Hominin Distribution and Migration Patterns (A. Turner & O’Regan)

Chap. 16: Patterns of Diversification and Extinction (Etter)

Chap. 17: Paleoecology – an Adequate Window on the Past? (Hardt, T., Hardt, B. & Menke)

Chap. 18: Hominin Paleodiets: The Contribution of Stable Isotopes (Sponheimer & Lee-Thorp)

Chap. 19: Estimation of Basic Life History Data of Fossil Hominoids (Hemmer)

Chap. 20: Population Genetics and Paleoanthropology (Relethford)

Chap. 21: AncientDNA (Hummel)

Chap. 22: The Paleodemography of Extinct Hominin Populations (Mann & Monge)

Chap. 23: Modelling the Past: The Primatological Approach (Sussmann & Hart)

Chap. 24: Modelling the Past: The Ethnological Approach (Biagi)

Chap. 25: Modelling the Past: The Linguistic Approach (Comrie)

Chap. 26: General Principles of Evolutionary Morphology (Macho)

Chap. 27: Computer-based Reconstruction: Technical Aspects and Applications (Ulhaas)

Chap. 28: Prospects and Pitfalls (Hublin)

Editorial: Critical Evaluation (Henke & Tattersall)


Volume 2: Primate Evolution and Human Origins

Editorial: Morphology and Paleoenvironment (Henke & Tattersall)

Chap. 1: Primate Origins and Supraordinal Relationships: Morphological Evidence (Silcox, Sargis, Bloch & Boyer)

Chap. 2: Molecular Evidence on Primate Origins and Evolution (Zischler)

Chap. 3: Fossil Record of the Primates from the Paleocene to the Oligocene (Rasmussen)

Chap. 4: Fossil Record of Miocene Hominoids (Begun)

Chap. 5: The Biotic Environments of the Late Miocene Hominoids (Agusti)

Chap. 6: Postcranial and Locomotor Adaptations of Hominoids (Ward)

Chap. 7: Hominoid Cranial Diversity and Adaptation (Bilsborough & Rae)

Chap. 8: Dental Adaptations of African Apes (Teaford & Ungar)

Chap. 9: Evolution of the Primate Brain (Falk)

Chap. 10: Primate Life Histories (Zimmermann & Radespiel)

Chap. 11: The Biology and Evolution of Ape and Monkey Feeding (Lambert)

Chap. 12: Great Ape Social Systems (Meder)

Chap. 13: Primate Intelligence (Byrne)

Chap. 14: Chimpanzee Hunting Behaviour (Newton-Fisher)

Chap. 15: Cooperation, Coalition, Alliances (Hemelrijk)

Editorial: Critical Evaluation (Henke & Tattersall)


Volume 3: Phylogeny of Hominids

Editorial: Who we are, where we go? (Henke & Tattersall)

Chap. 1: Potential Hominoid Ancestors for Hominidae (Koufos)

Chap. 2: Defining Hominidae (Schwartz)

Chap. 3: Origins of Homininae and Putative Selection Pressures Acting on the Early Hominins (Pawlowski)

Chap. 4: Role of Environmental Stimuli in Hominid Origins (Vrba)

Chap. 5: Origin of Bipedal Locomotion (Harcourth-Smith)

Chap. 6: The Earliest Putative Hominids (Senut)

Chap. 7: The Species and Diversity of Australopiths (Kimbel)

Chap. 8: Defining the Genus Homo Morphologically (Collard)

Chap. 9: The Earliest Putative Homo Fossils (Schrenk, Bromage & Kullmer)

Chap. 10: Homo ergaster and Its Contemporaries (Tattersall)

Chap. 11: Defining Homo erectus: Size Considered (Antón, Spoor, Fellmann & Swisher III)

Chap. 12: Later Middle Pleistocene Homo (Rightmire)

Chap. 13: Neanderthals and their Contemporaries (Harvati)

Chap. 14: Origin of Modern Humans (Bräuer)

Chap. 15: Analysing Hominid Phylogeny (Strait, Grine & Fleagle)

Chap. 16: Biomolecules (Disotell)

Chap. 17: Population Biology and Population Genetics of Pleistocene Hominins (Templeton)

Chap. 18: Species Concepts and Speciation - Facts and Fantasies (Groves)

Chap. 19: Human Environmental Impact in the Paleolithic and Neolithic (Nentwig)

Chap. 20: The Dentition of American Indians: Evolutionary Results and Demographic Implications Following Colonization from Siberia (Turner II & Scott)

Chap. 21: Overview of Paleolithic Archaeology (Toth & Schick)

Chap. 22: The Network of Brain, Body, Language, and Culture (Mithen)

Chap. 23: An Overview of the Patterns of Behavioural Change in Africa and Eurasia during the Middle and Late Pleistocene (Conard)

Chap. 24: Paleoanthropology and the Foundation of Ethics – Methodological Remarks on the Problem of Criteriology (Weingarten & Gutmann)

Synopsis: Homo: primus inter pares (Henke & Tattersall)

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