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Neanderthals Revisited

New Approaches and Perspectives

Harvati, Katerina, Harrison, Terry (Eds.)

2006, XIV, 332 p.

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Recent years have witnessed exciting and important scientific breakthroughs in the study of Neanderthals and their place in human evolution. These discoveries have transformed our appreciation of this group’s paleobiology and evolution. This volume presents the cutting-edge research of leading scientists, re-examining the major debates in Neanderthal research with the use of innovative state-of-the art methods and exciting new theoretical approaches.

Topics addressed include the re-evaluation of Neanderthal anatomy, inferred adaptations and habitual activities, developmental patterns, phylogenetic relationships, and the Neanderthal extinction; new methods include computer tomography, 3D geometric morphometrics, ancient DNA and bioenergetics. The diverse contributions offer fresh insights and advances in Neanderthal and modern human origins research.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Adaptation - Evolution - Human Evolution - Neanderthals - Pleistocene - neanderthal - ontogeny - paleobiology - paleolithic - phylogeny

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

Table of contents 

1. Neanderthals Revisited K. Harvati and T. Harrison 2. The Distinctiveness and Systematic Context of Homo neanderthalensis I. Tattersall and J.H. Schwartz 3. Saccopastore 1: The Earliest Neanderthal? A new Look at an Old Cranium E. Bruner and G. Manzi 4. Inquiries into Neanderthal Cranio-facial Development and Evolution: ‘Accretion’ vs ‘organismal’ models Rosas, M. Bastir, C. Martínez-Maza, A. García-Tabernero, and C. Lalueza-Fox 5. Neanderthals and Modern Humans – Chimps and Bonobo M.S. Ponce de León and C.P.E. Zollikofer 6. Cranial Growth models: Heterochrony, heterotopy, and the kinematics of Ontogeny C.P.E. Zollikofer and M.S. Ponce de León 7. Bioenergetic Perspectives on Neanderthal Thermoregulatory and Activity Budgets S.E. Churchill 8. How different were Neanderthals’ Habitual Activities? A Comparative Analysis with Diverse Groups of Recent Humans O.M. Pearson, R.M. Cordero, and A.M. Busby 9. Neanderthal Hands in their Proper Perspective W.A. Niewoehner 10. Did Neanderthals make the Châtelperronian Assemblage from La Grotte du Renne (Arcy-Sur-Cure, France)? S.E. Bailey and J.-J. Hublin 11. The Fate of European Neanderthals: Results and Perspectives from Ancient DNA Analyses D. Serre and S. Pääbo 12. Selection on Mitochondrial DNA and the Neanderthal Problem J. Hawks 13. Reliability of Cranial Morphology in Reconstructing Neanderthal Phylogeny K. Harvati and T.D. Weaver 14. Non-metric Variation in Recent Humans as a Model for Understanding Neanderthal-Early Modern Human Differences: Just How 'Unique' are Neanderthal Unique Traits J.C.M. Ahern 15. Earliest Upper Paleolithic crania from Mladec, Czech Republic, and the Question of Neanderthal-Modern Continuity: Metrical Evidence from the Fronto-Facial Region G. Braüer, H. Broeg, and C. Stringer 16. Neanderthals and Modern Humans: An Example of a Mammalian Syngameon T.W. Holliday 17. Speciation by distance and temporal overlap: A New Approach to Understanding Neanderthal Evolution J.-L. Voisin 18. The Neanderthal-H. sapiens Interface in Eurasia C. B. Stringer

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