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Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

The Nature of Culture

Based on an Interdisciplinary Symposium ‘The Nature of Culture’, Tübingen, Germany

Editors: Haidle, Miriam N., Conard, Nicholas J., Bolus, Michael (Eds.)

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  • Introduces a systemic-approach model for the expansion of cultural capacity with biological, historical, and individual elements
  • Provides a synthetic view of the different factors and mechanisms of cultural development and on expansions of cultural capacities in human evolution beyond the capacities observed in animal culture
  • Traces the different stages of the development of cultural capacity in humans through the archaeological record
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This volume introduces a model of the expansion of cultural capacity as a systemic approach with biological, historical and individual dimensions. It is contrasted with existing approaches from primatology and behavioural ecology; influential factors like differences in life history and demography are discussed; and the different stages of the development of cultural capacity in human evolution are traced in the archaeological record.  
The volume provides a synthetic view on a) the different factors and mechanisms of cultural development, and b) expansions of cultural capacities in human evolution beyond the capacities observed in animal culture so far. It is an important topic because only a volume of contributions from different disciplines can yield the necessary breadth to discuss the complex subject. The model introduced and discussed originates in the naturalist context and tries to open the discussion to some culturalist aspects, thus the publication in a series with archaeological and biological emphasis is apt. As a new development the synthetic model of expansion of cultural capacity is introduced and discussed in a broad perspective. ​

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“This book is the result of an interdisciplinary symposium held in 2011 to explore the role that culture played in early human expansions. The editors of this volume present a mix of both primatological and archaeological discussion on cultural origins to answer the question of when and why hominins became dependent on technology. The primatological papers are very much fixated on common chimpanzees, but authors throughout the book recognize how widespread the evidence for culture is among mammals and birds. The archaeological papers range from the earliest Paleolithic to the Early Upper Paleolithic. The volume contains many beautiful and informative photos and other illustrations, and the book is also available in electronic format.” (Susan Cachel, Rutgers University)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Nature of Culture
Book Subtitle
Based on an Interdisciplinary Symposium ‘The Nature of Culture’, Tübingen, Germany
Editors
  • Miriam N. Haidle
  • Nicholas J. Conard
  • Michael Bolus
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-7426-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-7426-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-7424-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-1346-5
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 151
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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