Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene

An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence

Editors: Bobe, René, Alemseged, Zeresenay, Behrensmeyer, Anna K. (Eds.)

  • Synthesizes large amounts of faunal data
  • Presents the evolution of East African vertebrates in the context of environmental and climatic changes during the Pliocene
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From the reviews:

'This book provides valuable insights into the way archaeologists attempt to unravel human history and the daunting problems they face'. William Ruddiman, EOS Vol. 89 No. 18, April 2008.

'The book delves intensively and extensively into the methodologies for analyzing faunal change using the mammalian fossil record, paleoecology. The 12 papers contributed by more than 30 authors focus on carnivores, bovids, nonhuman primates, and small mammals, and provide suggestions for future research. … The large amount of data has yielded a significant integration of information and shows how different lines of study can strengthen the understanding of complex evolutionary problems. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals.' D. Bardack, CHOICE, Vol. 45 No. 10, June, 2008.

'The new book by Bobé et al. is much more circumscribed in its aspirations and coverage. … In addition, most authors are to be congratulated for appropriate taphonomic sensitivity in their approaches to the fossil record. … is useful to the interested nonspecialist, and they benefit from the uniformly clear style of presentation throughout.' Travis Rayne Pickering, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2008.

'This tome is a timely and welcome contribution to the hominin paleoenvironmental literature … . a must-have for students and senior researchers alike. … The volume signifies an important step forward in hominin paleoenvironmental research and certainly foreshadows a promising body of work yet to come from a bright and enthusiastic group of researchers.' Katie M. Binetti, PaleoAnthropology, 2008.

'René Bobé, Zeresenay Alemseged and Anna K. Behrensmeyer present a series of papers focused on reconstructing East African Pliocene environments through a diversity of faunal assessments. … this volume is important for all vertebrate palaeoecologists, as it provides useful case studies of many of the different approaches available in reconstructing ancient environments. … Overall, this volume is well-written, well-illustrated, and provides a snapshot of palaeoecological methods currently in use. … it represents a critical resource for researchers interested in vertebrate palaeoecology and/or Plio-Pleistocene hominins.' Julien Louys, Journal of Human Evolution, Vol. 55, 2008.

'It is about a lot more than hominin environments … . this book is a necessary addition to his or her library, or if it could be used as class reading material. … The entire book makes an excellent reference for graduate students from the outlining of scales of reference in the fossil record … . Graduate seminars on mammalian paleoecology and methodologies could well use this book as the basis for in-depth discussions.' Kaye E. Reed, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 16, 2009.


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Approaches to the analysis of faunal change during the East African Pliocene

    Bobe, René (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Environmental hypotheses of Pliocene human evolution

    Potts, R.

    Pages 25-49

  • African Pliocene and Pleistocene cercopithecid evolution and global climatic change

    Frost, S. R.

    Pages 51-76

  • Patterns of change in the Plio-Pleistocene carnivorans of eastern Africa

    Lewis, M. E. (et al.)

    Pages 77-105

  • Stratigraphic variation in Suidae from the Shungura Formation and some coeval deposits

    Cooke, H. B. S.

    Pages 107-127

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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene
Book Subtitle
An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence
Editors
  • René Bobe
  • Zeresenay Alemseged
  • Anna K. Behrensmeyer
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3098-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-3098-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3097-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6791-3
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 355
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