Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Africa from MIS 6-2

Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments

Editors: Jones, Sacha C., Stewart, Brian A. (Eds.)

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  • Sheds new light on the paleodemographic processes underlying modern human origins, evolution and cultural adaptations in Africa
  • Integrates perspectives from multiple biomes and academic specialisms
  • Will appeal to researchers in the fields of palaeolithic archaeology, paleoanthropology, hominin evolution, quaternary paleoclimate and palaeoenvironments, and human population genetics
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Bringing together archaeological, paleoenvironmental, paleontological and genetic data, this book makes a first attempt to reconstruct African population histories from out species' evolution to the Holocene. Africa during Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 6 to 2 (~190-12,000 years ago) witnessed the biological development and behavioral florescence of our species. Modern human population dynamics, which involved multiple population expansions, dispersals, contractions and extinctions, played a central role in our species’ evolutionary trajectory. So far, the demographic processes – modern human population sizes, distributions and movements – that occurred within Africa during this critical period have been consistently under-addressed. 
The authors of this volume aim at (1) examining the impact of this glacial-interglacial- glacial cycle on human group sizes, movements and distributions throughout Africa; (2) investigating the macro- and micro-evolutionary processes underpinning our species’ anatomical and behavioral evolution; and (3) setting an agenda whereby Africa can benefit from, and eventually contribute to, the increasingly sophisticated theoretical and methodological palaeodemographic frameworks developed on other continents.

About the authors

Dr. Sacha C. Jones is a postdoctoral research associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. She specializes in the Palaeolithic period, in particular that of North Africa and India. 
Dr. Brian A. Stewart is a paleolithic archaeologist in the Department of Anthropology and the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on the archaeology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Africa, especially southern Africa. 

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“For anyone interested in African prehistory, populations, and paleoenvironments/ paleoclimates, Africa from MIS 6-2: Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments is a must read.” (Deborah I. Olszewski, University of Pennsylvania)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Africa from MIS 6-2: The Florescence of Modern Humans

    Stewart, Brian A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Mid to Late Quaternary Landscape and Environmental Dynamics in the Middle Stone Age of Southern South Africa

    Carr, Andrew S. (et al.)

    Pages 23-47

  • Technological Change and the Importance of Variability: The Western Cape of South Africa from MIS 6-2

    Mackay, Alex

    Pages 49-63

  • Cultural Change, Demography, and the Archaeology of the Last 100 kyr in Southern Africa

    Sealy, Judith

    Pages 65-75

  • Patterns of Hominin Occupation and Cultural Diversity Across the Gebel Akhdar of Northern Libya Over the Last ~200 kyr

    Jones, Sacha (et al.)

    Pages 77-99

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  • ISBN 978-94-024-1368-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Africa from MIS 6-2
Book Subtitle
Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments
Editors
  • Sacha C. Jones
  • Brian A. Stewart
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-7520-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-7520-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-7519-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-1368-7
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 424
Number of Illustrations
67 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour
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