Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia

Paleoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics

Editors: Petraglia, Michael D., Rose, Jeffrey I. (Eds.)

  • Covers the prehistory of Arabia
  • Includes multidisciplinary subjects such as paleoenvironments, archaeology, genetics and linguistics
  • Provides a comprehensive picture of human adaptations and population changes
  • Presents new theories and methodologies which give new interpretations on cultural history and evolution of populations in Arabia
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The contemporary deserts of Arabia form some of the most dramatic arid landscapes in the world; yet, during many times in the past, the region was well-watered, containing evidence for rivers and lakes. Climatic fluctuations through time must have had a profound effect on human population that lived and passed through the region. In this book, paleoenvironmental specialists, archaeologists and geneticists are brought together to provide a comprehensive account of the evolution of human populations in Arabia. A wide range of topics are explored in this book, including environmental change and its impact on human populations, the movement and dispersal of populations through the region, and the origin and spread of food producing economies. New theories and interpretations are presented which provide new insights into the evolution of human populations in a key region of the world.

About the authors

Michael D. Petraglia was born in New York in 1960. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge. Over the past 25 years, he has conducted archaeological research in India, Arabia, Europe and North America. He is co-editor of the book, The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia (Springer).

Jeffrey Ian Rose was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1975. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted fieldwork in prehistoric archaeology throughout North America, Europe, and Arabia. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Oxford Brookes University and runs an ongoing archaeological research project in the Sultanate of Oman.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This final published set expands significantly beyond that initial purpose to add significant context to what is admittedly still a largely Palaeolithic focus. … The quality of the papers contained within the volume is very high indeed. … This volume provides an excellent statement of our current state of knowledge of the Pleistocene and Early Holocene occupation of the Arabian Peninsula … also setting the scene for future research to address the new-found archaeological complexity of this region.” (Anthony Sinclair, Bulletin of the Society for Arabian Studies, April, 2010)

“This latest volume in Springer’s ‘Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology’ series is essentially a compilation of discrete research papers. Collectively, they provide a comprehensive, albeit repetitious, review of Arabian prehistory. … Summing Up: Recommended. Archaeology and anthropology collections serving graduate students and researchers/faculty.” (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), July, 2010)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Tracking the Origin and Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia

    Rose, Jeffrey I. (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • The Red Sea, Coastal Landscapes, and Hominin Dispersals

    Bailey, Geoff

    Pages 15-37

  • Pleistocene Climate Change in Arabia: Developing a Framework for Hominin Dispersal over the Last 350 ka

    Parker, Adrian G.

    Pages 39-49

  • Environment and Long-Term Population Trends in Southwest Arabia

    Wilkinson, Tony J.

    Pages 51-66

  • Mitochondrial DNA Structure of Yemeni Population: Regional Differences and the Implications for Different Migratory Contributions

    Rídl, Jakub (et al.)

    Pages 69-78

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia
Book Subtitle
Paleoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics
Editors
  • Michael D. Petraglia
  • Jeffrey I. Rose
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2719-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2719-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2718-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3102-8
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 312
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