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Asian Paleoanthropology

From Africa to China and Beyond

Norton, Christopher J., Braun, David R. (Eds.)

2011, XII, 216 p.

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  • Provides a comprehensive review of the Asian paleoenvironmental and hominin behavioural and morphological records
  • Useful for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and senior scientists studying the Asian paleoanthropological record
  • Focused areas covered are the nature of Early and Middle Pleistocene hominin dispersals into particular regions; the evidence for the earliest hominin occupations in certain regions; and hominin morphological and behavioral variation
This volume brings together a group of authors that address the question of the first out of Africa into Asia c. 2 Ma. The scope of the book is comprehensive as it covers almost every major region of Asia. The primary goal of this volume is to provide an updated synthesis of the current state of the Asian paleoanthropological and paleoenvironmental records. Papers include detailed studies of the theoretical constructs underlying the move out of Africa, including detailed reconstructions of the paleoenvironment and possible migration routes. Other papers detail the Plio-Pleistocene archaeological and hominin fossil records of particular regions.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Asia - Hominin evolution - Paleoanthropology - Paleolithic archaeology - Quaternary

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology

Table of contents 

1. Asian paleoanthropology: An introduction Christopher J. Norton and David R. Braun 2. The colonization of “Savannahstan”: issues of timing(s) and patterns of dispersal across Asia in the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene Robin W. Dennell 3. On the road to China: The environmental landscape of the Early Pleistocene in western Eurasia and its implication for the dispersal of Homo Miriam Belmaker 4. East Africa and East Asia: Comparisons of the earliest archaeological evidence David R. Braun, Christopher J. Norton, and John W.K. Harris 5. Inter-continental variation in Acheulean bifaces Ceri B. K. Shipton and Michael D. Petraglia 6. Cranial shape in Asian Homo erectus: geographic, anagenetic, and size-related variation Karen L. Baab 7. Rethinking the Palearctic-Oriental biogeographic boundary in Quaternary China Christopher J. Norton, Changzhu Jin, Yuan Wang, and Yingqi Zhang 8. The history of hominin occupation of Central Asia in review Michelle M. Glantz 9. Core-and-flake assemblages of India Parth R. Chauhan 10. South Asia as a geographic crossroad: Patterns and predictions of hominin morphology in Pleistocene India Sheela Athreya 11. Cranial morphology and variation of the earliest Indonesian hominins Yousuke Kaifu, Etty Indriati, Fachroel Aziz, Iwan Kurniawan, Teuku Jacob, and Hisao Baba 12. Central-East China - a Plio-Pleistocene dispersal corridor: The current state of evidence for hominin occupations Christopher J. Norton, Xing Gao, Wu Liu, David R. Braun, and Xiujie Wu 13. The earliest hominin occupations in the Nihewan Basin of northern China: recent progress in field investigations Chen Shen, Xing Gao, and Qi Wei 14. Peopling in the Korean Peninsula Kidong Bae 15. When were the earliest hominin migrations to the Japanese Islands? Kazuto Matsufuji

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