Reconstructing Mobility

Environmental, Behavioral, and Morphological Determinants

Editors: Carlson, Kristian J., Marchi, Damiano (Eds.)

  • Presents a comprehensive overview of the different approaches used to study early human mobility
  • Puts forward a new, holistic approach to mobility that synthesizes intrinsic (i.e. skeletal) and extrinsic (i.e. environmental) factors
  • Investigates the structural expression of mobility in general rather than just in specific populations
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About this book

Assembles a collection of experts to provide a current account of different approaches (e.g., traditional, comparative and experimental) being applied to study mobility. Moreover, the book aims to stimulate new theoretical perspectives that adopt a holistic view of the interaction among intrinsic (i.e. skeletal) and extrinsic (i.e. environmental) factors that influence differential expression of mobility. Since the environment undoubtedly impacts mobility of a wide variety of animals, insights into human mobility, as a concept, can be improved by extending approaches to investigating comparable environmental influences on mobility in animals in general. The book teases apart environmental effects that transcend typical categories (e.g., coastal versus inland, mountainous versus level, arboreal versus terrestrial). Such an approach, when coupled with a new emphasis on mobility as types of activities rather than activity levels, offers a fresh, insightful perspective on mobility and how it might affect the musculoskeletal system.

About the authors

Kristian Carlson received his PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) in 2002. Following this, he spent three years as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University, NY (USA), and one year in a postdoctoral position in the Anthropologisches Institute and Museum at the University of Zürich (Switzerland). He was an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (USA) for two years before joining the Institute for Human Evolution (IHE) at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) in 2009 as a Senior Researcher. His research interests include modelling form-function relationships in limb bones of primates, both extinct and extant. He utilizes a variety of approaches to tackle questions about the impact that behaviours have on skeletal form. These include experimental assessments of primate locomotion (i.e., kinematics and kinetics), focusing on transverse forces and the behaviours that accentuate them (e.g., turning); traditional comparative studies of ape limb bone cross-sectional properties, including leading analyses of habituated chimpanzee skeletons; and mouse model research aimed at testing the explicit predictions constructed from his work with primates. Ultimately the supported predictions from extant-based models are applicable to extinct primates, including hominins, in order to infer the nature of their behavioral repertoires, particularly the emphasis on arboreal locomotion in their evolutionary history.

Damiano Marchi received his PhD from the University of Pisa, Italy in 2004. From 2004 to 2010 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University, USA, teaching and conducting research on human and living primate locomotory postcranial functional morphology. From 2011 to 2012 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Human Evolution, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Since 2012 he is Lecturer of Anthropology at the University of Pisa, Italy and Honorary Research Fellow at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research focuses on the study of functional morphology and biomechanics of extant human and non-human primates. The results obtained by the study of extant primates are used to create models that can be applied: 1. to extinct hominins to make inferences on their locomotor behavior; 2. to Late Pleistocene/Holocene human populations to make inferences on their mobility and subsistence economy.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Towards Refining the Concept of Mobility

    Carlson, Kristian J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Long Bone Structural Analyses and the Reconstruction of Past Mobility: A Historical Review

    Ruff, Christopher B. (et al.)

    Pages 13-29

  • Bipedalism and Musculoskeletal Stress Markers: Variation and What It Reveals About Adaptation, Environmental Stress, and Reconstructing Activity Patterns

    Weiss, Elizabeth

    Pages 31-47

  • Does the Distribution and Variation in Cortical Bone Along Lower Limb Diaphyses Reflect Selection for Locomotor Economy?

    Shaw, Colin N. (et al.)

    Pages 49-66

  • Human Variation in the Periosteal Geometry of the Lower Limb: Signatures of Behaviour Among Human Holocene Populations

    Davies, Thomas G. (et al.)

    Pages 67-90

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4899-7460-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4899-7459-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4899-7963-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reconstructing Mobility
Book Subtitle
Environmental, Behavioral, and Morphological Determinants
Editors
  • Kristian J. Carlson
  • Damiano Marchi
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-7460-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-7460-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4899-7459-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-7963-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 295
Number of Illustrations and Tables
43 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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