Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

The First Humans

Origin and Early Evolution of the Genus Homo

Editors: Grine, Frederick E., Fleagle, John G, Leakey, Richard E. (Eds.)

  • Addresses the origin and early evolution of the human genus Homo
  • New techniques and interpretations have opened up other avenues of enquiry and have led to new questions
  • Updates, addresses and synthesizes our current understanding of this significant development in human evolution
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This volume addresses the origin of the human genus Homo, a major transition in human evolution and associated with major changes in brain size, locomotion, and culture, but one with many unanswered questions. How many different species of Homo were there, and how were they interrelated? Are stone tools a characteristic of early Homo? What was their function? How does the use of stone tools relate to changes in the dentition and brain size? Did adaptations for long distance running first appear with the origin of this genus? How does this relate to its diet and cultural abilities.

About the authors

Frederick E. Grine

Fred Grine is Professor of Anthropology and of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. He has published over 100 articles in scientific journals dealing with the subject of human evolution, and his work on the Late Pleistocene human fossil from Hofmeyr, South Africa, was named by Time Magazine as one of the top ten science stories of 2007. He edited Evolutionary History of the ‘Robust’ Australopithecines (1988, Aldine de Gruyter), and is author of Regional Human Anatomy: a Laboratory Workbook (2002, 2005, 2007, McGraw-Hill).

John G. Fleagle

John Fleagle is Distinguished Professor of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. He has conducted paleontological field work in many parts of the world, including Argentina, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia and India. He is the author of the textbook Primate Adaptation and Evolution (1988, 1999, Elsevier), co-editor of the Human Evolution Sourcebook (1993, 2006, Prentice Hall), and editor of the journal Evolutionary Anthropology.

Richard E. Leakey

Richard Leakey is Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and former Director of the Kenya National Museums and the Kenya Wildlife Service. His field work around Lake Turkana, Kenya, has yielded a treasure trove of hominin fossils that has provided much of the paleontological record on which our understanding of human evolution is based. He has authored a number of books, including Origins, and most recently, The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and The Future of Humankind. He is Chairman of the Board of the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University.

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From the reviews:

"This volume provides an up-to-date, concise synthesis of what is known about early Homo and highlights what still remains to be done.” Journal of Human Evolution, 2009


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Early Humans: Of Whom Do We Speak?

    Leakey, Richard E.

    Pages 3-6

  • Homo habilis—A Premature Discovery: Remembered by One of Its Founding Fathers, 42 Years Later

    Tobias, Phillip V.

    Pages 7-15

  • Where Does the Genus Homo Begin, and How Would We Know?

    Wood, Bernard A.

    Pages 17-28

  • The Origin of Homo

    Kimbel, William H.

    Pages 31-37

  • Comparisons of Early Pleistocene Skulls from East Africa and the Georgian Caucasus: Evidence Bearing on the Origin and Systematics of Genus Homo

    Rightmire, G. Philip (et al.)

    Pages 39-48

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The First Humans
Book Subtitle
Origin and Early Evolution of the Genus Homo
Editors
  • Frederick E. Grine
  • John G Fleagle
  • Richard E. Leakey
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9980-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9980-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9979-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8233-6
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 220
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 illustrations in colour
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