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The Evolution of Hominin Diets

Integrating Approaches to the Study of Palaeolithic Subsistence

Hublin, Jean-Jacques, Richards, Michael P. (Eds.)

2009, XIV, 270 p.

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  • Features new multidisciplinary, integrated approaches to the study of hominid diets

This volume brings together new and important research from the top experts in hominid diets across multiple fields. The objective of the volume is to explore if there is a consensus between the different methods, allowing us to better understand the nature of hominin dietary strategies through time. Contributions focus on modern studies, faunal studies, physical anthropology, archaeological studies, and isotopic studies, all aimed at answering the major questions of the evolution of hominid diets, such as: meat-eating emergence, hunting vs. scavenging, hunting technologies, and resource intensification in later humans.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Adaptation - Archaeological Sciences - Biological Anthropology - Evolution - Human Evolution - Nutrition - Paleoanthropology - ecology - physiology

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Food Science & Nutrition

Table of contents 

1. The diets of non-human primates: frugivory, food processing, and food sharing. G. Hohmann 2. The Energetics of Encephalization in Early Hominids. J.J. Snodgrass, W.R. Leonard, and M.L. Robertson 3. Meals vs. snacks and the human dentition and diet during the Paleolithic. P. Lucas, Z.Q. Sui, K.Y. Ang, H.T.W. Tan, S.H. King, B. Sadler, and N. Peri 4. Modern human physiology with respect to evolutionary adaptations that relate to diet in the past. S. Lindeberg 5. Hunting and hunting weapons of the Lower and Middle Paleolithic of Europe. P. Villa and M. Lenoir 6. Neanderthal and modern human diet in Eastern Europe. J. Hoffecker 7. Hominin subsistence patterns during the Middle and Late Pleistocene in northwestern Europe. S. Gaudzinski-Windheuser and L. Niven 8. Late Pleistocene subsistence strategies and resource intensification in Africa. T.E. Steele and R.G. Klein 9. Seasonal Patterns of Prey Acquisition and Inter-group Competition During the Middle and Upper Paleolithic of the Southern Caucasus. .D. S. Adler and G. Bar-Oz 10. Epipaleolithic subsistence intensification in the southern Levant: the faunal evidence. N. Munro 11. Paleolithic diet and the division of labor in Mediterranean Eurasia. M.C. Stiner and S.L. Kuhn 12. Moving north: archaeobotanical evidence for plant diet in Middle and Upper Paleolithic Europe. M. Jones 13. Diet in early hominin species: a paleoenvironmental perspective. Z. Alemseged and R. Bobe 14. The Impact of Projectile Weaponry on Late Pleistocene Hominin Evolution. J.J. Shea 15. The evolution of the human capacity for 'killing at a distance'. S.E. Churchill and J.A. Rhodes 16. An energetics perspective on the Neandertal record. K. Macdonald, W. Roebroeks, and A. Verpoorte 17. d13C valuesreflect aspects of primate ecology in addition to diet. M.J. Schoeninger 18. Increased Dietary Breadth in Early Hominin Evolution: Revisiting Arguments and Evidence with a Focus on Biogeochemical Contributions. M. Sponheimer and D.L. Dufour 19. Neanderthal dietary habits: Review of the isotopic evidence. H. Bocherens 20. Stable isotope evidence for European Upper Paleolithic human diets. M.P. Richards

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