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Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects

Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds

Editors: Ishida, H., Tuttle, R., Pickford, M., Ogihara, N., Nakatsukasa, M. (Eds.)

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Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds is a benchmark compendium of research that presents itself at a major paradigm shift in paleoanthropology. The editors offer a variety of theoretical approaches to puzzles on the place of the Hominidae, particularly Homo sapiens, among the Primates, including our unique bipedal positional behavior and social structure and the selective factors that might have been involved in our evolution in the broad context of Miocene and later environments. The contributors represent several generations of pioneering laboratory and field researchers from Japan, France and the United States, who have worked together over the past 40 years and who have trained future leaders in evolutionary anthropology and experimental primatology. This volume, compiled by the leading experts in the field, explores the interface between hominid origins and palaeoenvironments.

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"The book has 3 broad themes: fossil hominoids and paleoenvironments; functional morphology, and theoretical approaches … . it is an excellent all-round book for researchers and graduate students that clearly identifies the future challenges in our understanding of human evolution. … key papers in the volume make a considerable contribution towards a better understanding of the relationship among environmental changes, adaptive mechanisms and human origins, and for this reason readers interested in the topic will find new perspectives and new directions in its pages." (Susannah K. S. Thorpe, Folia Primatologica, Vol. 78 (4), 2007)

"Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds is a compendium text for any advanced student of human origins and evolution. … I envision a beginning graduate student benefiting from the wide array of topics covered, and delving further into the cited literature. … For those who have an interest in the rise and functional morphology of bipedal locomotion and its environmental contexts, Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds is well worth the read." (Rhonda L. Quinn, Journal of Mammal evolution, Vol. 16, 2009)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • Hidemi Ishida: 40 Years of Footprints in Japanese Primatology and Paleoanthropology

    Pages 1-14

    Nakatsukasa, Masato (et al.)

  • Seven Decades of East African Miocene Anthropoid Studies

    Pages 15-29

    Tuttle, Russell H.

  • Evolution of the Vertebral Column in Miocene Hominoids and Plio-Pleistocene Hominids

    Pages 31-43

    Gommery, Dominique

  • Terrestriality in a Middle Miocene Context: Victoriapithecus from Maboko, Kenya

    Pages 45-58

    Blue, Kathleen T. (et al.)

  • Late Cenozoic Mammalian Biostratigraphy And Faunal Change

    Pages 59-70

    Nakaya, Hideo (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds
Editors
  • Hidemi Ishida
  • Russell Tuttle
  • Martin Pickford
  • Naomichi Ogihara
  • Masato Nakatsukasa
Series Title
Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-29798-9
DOI
10.1007/0-387-29798-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-29638-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3994-4
Series ISSN
1574-3489
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 282
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