Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Continuity and Discontinuity in the Peopling of Europe

One Hundred Fifty Years of Neanderthal Study

Editors: Condemi, Silvana, Weniger, Gerd-Christian (Eds.)

  • Offers the most recent summary of results concerning ancient fossils in Europe, Neanderthals and the origin of modern humans
  • Deals with the relationship between the Neanderthals and modern humans
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Since the Western world first became aware of the existence of Neanderthals, this Pleistocene human has been a regular focus of interest among specialists and also among the general public. In fact, we know far more about Neanderthals than we do about any other extinct human population. Furthermore, over the past 150 years no other palaeospecies has been such a constant source of discussion and fierce debate among palaeoanthropologists and archaeologists. This book presents the status of our knowledge as well as the methods and techniques used to study this extinct population and it suggests perspectives for future research.

About the authors

Silvana Condemi is an anthropologist who studied at the Universities of Paris VI and Bordeaux (France).  She is currently Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the laboratory of Anthropology at the University of Marseille, where she directs the unit of paleoanthropology. She has specialized in Pleistocene human evolution, in particular concerning the origin and evolution of Neanderthals and on the emergence of modern humans. She conducts field work in the Middle East and Europe. Her research focuses on interpretation of the archeological record, on patterns of human anatomical variation, the relationship between genetics and environment, ecogeographical patterning and, more recently, collaboration on ancient DNA analysis and modelling of Neanderthal populations.

 

Gerd-Christian Weniger is a palaeolithic archaeologist with special interest in human cultural and biological evolution during the Upper Pleistocene in Europe and the Near East. Since 1991 he is professor of Prehistory at the University of Cologne and since 1996 he is director of the Neanderthal Museum. His current research includes the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in Europe. As director of the Neanderthal Museum he is engaged in various research projects including field work in the Western Mediterranean and directing NESPOS an interactive online database on the archaeology and anthropology of Neanderthals.

Table of contents (27 chapters)

  • Neanderthals and Emergent Palaeoanthropology 50 Years Ago

    Howell, F. Clark

    Pages 1-9

  • One Hundred Fifty Years of Neanderthal Discoveries: Continuity and Discontinuity

    Condemi, Silvana

    Pages 11-16

  • The Genus Homo: Origin, Speciation and Dispersal

    Henke, Winfried (et al.)

    Pages 17-45

  • Before the Neanderthals: Hominid Evolution in Middle Pleistocene Europe

    Tattersall, Ian

    Pages 47-53

  • The Earliest European Human Peopling After the Recent Discoveries: Early Neanderthals or Different Lineages?

    Mallegni, Francesco

    Pages 55-66

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Continuity and Discontinuity in the Peopling of Europe
Book Subtitle
One Hundred Fifty Years of Neanderthal Study
Editors
  • Silvana Condemi
  • Gerd-Christian Weniger
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0492-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0492-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0491-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3554-5
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 386
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