Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Human Paleontology and Prehistory

Contributions in Honor of Yoel Rak

Editors: Marom, Assaf, Hovers, Erella (Eds.)

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  • Maximizes understanding of fundamental processes in human evolution  
  • Provides an archaeological perspective on Neanderthals and their contemporaries
  • Highlights the importance of human evolutionary studies for 21st century medical professionals and physicians  
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About this book

The aim of the book is to present original and though-provoking essays in human paleontology and prehistory, which are at the forefront of human evolutionary research, in honor of Professor Yoel Rak (a leading scholar in paleoanthropology).​ ​The volume presents a collection of original papers contributed by many of Yoel's friends and colleagues from all over the globe. 
Contributions from experts around the globe fall roughly into three broad categories: Reflections on some of the broad theoretical questions of evolution, and especially about human evolution; the early hominins, with special emphasis on Australopithecus afarensis and Paranthropus; and the Neanderthals, that contentious group of our closest extinct relatives. Within and across these categories, nearly every paper addresses combinations of methodological, analytical and theoretical questions that are pertinent to the whole human evolutionary time span. This book will appeal most to scholars and advanced students in paleoanthropology, human paleontology and prehistoric archaeology.

About the authors

Assaf Marom is a M.D, Ph.D student at the Department of Anatomy & Anthropology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. 
Erella Hovers is a Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research Interests include understanding the Plio-Pleistocene archaeology in East Africa, the Middle Paleolithic of the Levant, the evolution of symbolism and art, lithic technology, subsistence and mobility (land-use strategies) of early hominins, taphonomy and site formation processes, and archaeological theory.

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“In summary, this book presents new and expanded data sets on fossil humans, especially australopithecines and Neanderthals. Chapter contributors read like a Who’s Who in current paleoanthropology. The illustrations are beautiful, providing fine anatomical and archaeological detail. Anatomical coverage is extensive, ranging from the dentition, cranium, mandible, and hyoid to the limbs, pel¬vis, and spine.” (Susan Cachel, Rutgers University)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Why Was Human Evolution So Rapid?

    Tattersall, Ian

    Pages 1-9

  • Wallace’s Controversy with Darwin on Man’s Mental Evolution, on the Position of the Natives in Human Evolution, and His Anticipation of Cultural Evolution, as Distinct from Biological Evolution

    Neumann, Joseph

    Pages 11-20

  • Man’s Place in Past and Future Evolution: A Historical Survey of Remarkable Ideas

    Wool, David

    Pages 21-29

  • The Paleoecology of the Upper Ndolanya Beds, Laetoli, Tanzania, and Its Implications for Hominin Evolution

    Harrison, Terry

    Pages 31-44

  • The Australopithecine Brain: Controversies Perpetual

    Holloway, Ralph L.

    Pages 45-52

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-83553-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Paleontology and Prehistory
Book Subtitle
Contributions in Honor of Yoel Rak
Editors
  • Assaf Marom
  • Erella Hovers
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46646-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46646-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-46644-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83553-2
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 276
Number of Illustrations
83 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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