Handbook of Paleoanthropology

Vol I:Principles, Methods and Approaches Vol II:Primate Evolution and Human Origins Vol III:Phylogeny of Hominids

Editors: Henke, Winfried, Tattersall, Ian (Eds.)

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Paleoanthropology is perhaps the most multidisciplinary of all the sciences. Any complete account of the evolution and cultural and biological context of Homo sapiens must combine information from geology, paleoecology, primatology, evolutionary biology and a host of other fields. Above all, historical information needs to be combined with, and interpreted in the light of, what we know of the living world. Paleoanthropology is also an actively developing field in which much remains to be settled. The three volumes of this handbook bring together contributions by the world´s leading specialists that reflect the broad spectrum of modern paleoanthropology, thus presenting an indispensable resource for both professionals and students alike.

Volume 1 deals with principles, methods, and approaches. In recent years, enormous advances have been made in such areas as phylogenetic analysis, paleoecology and evolutionary theory and philosophy. The contributions in this first volume present the state of the art in these fields, provide succinct introductions to them and reflect the many ways in which they interact.

As human beings are primates, Volume 2 is devoted to primate origins, evolution, behaviour, and adaptive variety. Its emphasis is on integration of fossil data with the vast amount that is now known of the behaviour and ecology of living primates in natural environments.

Volume 3 deals with the fossil and molecular evidence for the evolution of Homo sapiens and its fossil relatives (the family Hominidae or subfamily Homininae, according to taste, a matter that we have left to the individual contributors).

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".... yesterday I received a copy of your Handbook of Paleoanthropology.. I just want to congratulate you for doing such a great job. I think there is nothing comparably detailed in our field covering so many aspects as this handbook does. When I started reading in many of the chapters yesterday I couldn`t stop because it was so exciting to read about all these latest views and conclusions of our colleagues regarding so many interesting points. ......" (Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer, Universität Hamburg)


Table of contents (67 chapters)

  • 1 Historical Overview of Paleoanthropological Research

    Henke, Winfried

    Pages 1-56

  • 2 Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus

    Huneman, Philippe

    Pages 57-102

  • 3 The Ontogeny–Phylogeny Nexus in a Nutshell: Implications for Primatology and Paleoanthropology

    Menke, Peter R.

    Pages 103-140

  • 4 Principles of Taxonomy and Classification: Current Procedures for Naming and Classifying Organisms

    Ohl, Michael

    Pages 141-166

  • 5 Quantitative Approaches to Phylogenetics

    Folinsbee, Kaila E. (et al.)

    Pages 167-215

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Paleoanthropology
Book Subtitle
Vol I:Principles, Methods and Approaches Vol II:Primate Evolution and Human Origins Vol III:Phylogeny of Hominids
Editors
  • Winfried Henke
  • Ian Tattersall
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eReference ISBN
978-3-540-33761-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 2069
Number of Illustrations and Tables
264 b/w illustrations
Topics