African Biogeography, Climate Change, and Human Evolution

Hardcover | November 15, 1999

EditorTimothy G. Bromage, Friedemann Schrenk

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This interdisciplinary book interprets early human evolution in the context of the local ecology and specific habitats. It assesses carefully the possible role of climate change in driving early human evolution. Bringing an ecological and biogeographic perspective to recent fossil finds, thebook provides a new synthesis of ideas on hominid evolution. It will be a valuable resource for researchers in physical, biological, or paleoanthropology, evolutionary biology or biogeography.

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This interdisciplinary book interprets early human evolution in the context of the local ecology and specific habitats. It assesses carefully the possible role of climate change in driving early human evolution. Bringing an ecological and biogeographic perspective to recent fossil finds, thebook provides a new synthesis of ideas on hom...

Timothy G. Bromage is at Hunter College. Friedmann Schrenk is at Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsTimothy G. Bromage and Friedemann Schrenk: Searching for an Interdisciplinary Convergence in PaleoanthropologyPart I. Theory1. Yves Coppens: Introduction2. Elisabeth S. Vrba: Habitat Theory in Relation to the Evolution in African Neogene Biota and Hominids3. Frederick S. Szalay: Paleontology and Macroevolution: On the Theoretical Conflict between an Expanded Synthesis and Hierarchic Punctuationism4. Jeffrey K. McKee: The Autocatalytic Nature of Hominid Evolution in African Plio-Pleistocene Environments5. Michael L. Rosenzweig: In Search of Paleohominid Community Ecology6. Alan Turner: Evolution in the African Plio-Pleistocene Mammalian Fauna: Correlation and CausationPart II. Geology, Ecology, and Biogeography7. Jonathan Kingdon: Introduction8. George H. Denton: Cenozoic Climate Change9. Eileen M. O'Brien and Charles R. Peters: Landforms, Climate, Ecogeographic Mosaics, and the Potential for Hominine Diversity in Pliocene Africa10. Norman Owen-Smith: Ecological Links between African Savanna Environments, Climate Change, and Early Hominid Evolution11. Peter Grubb: Evolutionary Processes Implicit in Distribution Patterns of Modern African MammalsPart III. Fossil Faunas12. F. Clark Howell: Introduction13. Brenda R. Benefit: Biogeography, Dietary Specialization, and the Diversification of African Plio-Pleistocene Monkeys14. Raymond L. Bernor and Miranda Armour-Chelu: Toward an Evolutionary History of African Hipparionine Horses15. Laura C. Bishop: Suid Paleoecology and Habitat Preferences at African Pliocene and Pleistocene Hominid Localities16. Christiane Denys: Of Mice and Men: Evolution in East and South Africa during Plio-Pleistocene Times17. Peter Grubb et al.: Relationships between East and South African Mammal FaunasPart IV. Hominid Evolution18. Meave Leakey: Introduction19. Craig S. Feibel: Basin Evolution, Sedimentary Dynamics, and Hominid Habitats in East Africa: An Ecosystem Approach20. Peter Andrews and Louise Humphrey: African Miocene Environments and the Transition to Early Hominines21. Nancy E. Sikes: Plio-Pleistocene Floral Context and Habitat Preferences of Sympatric Hominid Species in East Africa22. Mark Collard and Bernard Wood: Grades among the African Early Hominids23. Robert Foley: Evolutionary Geography of Pliocene African Hominids24. Fernando Ramirez Rozzi, Christopher Walker, and Timothy Bromage: Early Hominid Dental Development and Climate Change25. Timothy G. Bromage: Habitat Specificity and Early Hominid Craniodental EcomorphologyAlan Turner et al.: Appendix: A Locality-based Listing of African Plio-Pleistocene MammalsGlossaryReferences CitedTaxon IndexSubject Index

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"This book is an honest attempt to pool the available information and to identify areas where the data are still insufficient." The Holocene