bones, Stones And Molecules: Out Of Africa And Human Origins

Paperback | May 20, 2004

byDavid W. Cameron, Colin P. GrovesEditorDavid W. Cameron

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Bones, Stones and Molecules provides some of the best evidence for resolving the debate between the two hypotheses of human origins. The debate between the 'Out of Africa' model and the 'Multiregional' hypothesis is examined through the functional and developmental processes associated with the evolution of the human skull and face and focuses on the significance of the Australian record. The book analyzes important new discoveries that have occurred recently and examines evidence that is not available elsewhere. Cameron and Groves argue that the existing evidence supports a recent origin for modern humans from Africa. They also specifically relate these two theories to interpretations of the origins of the first Australians. The book provides an up-to-date interpretation of the fossil, archaeological and the molecular evidence, specifically as it relates to Asia, and Australia in particular. * Readily accessible to the layperson and professional* Provides concise coverage of current scientific evidence* Presents a robust computer-generated model of human speciation over the last 7 million years* Well illustrated with figures and photographs of important fossil specimens* Presents a synthesis of great ape and human evolution

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Bones, Stones and Molecules provides some of the best evidence for resolving the debate between the two hypotheses of human origins. The debate between the 'Out of Africa' model and the 'Multiregional' hypothesis is examined through the functional and developmental processes associated with the evolution of the human skull and face and...

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Bones, Stones and Molecules examines current evidence and presents original insights into the anatomical, cultural, and molecular evolution of early and modern humans. The book focuses on the two main competing hypotheses of human origins: the "Out of Africa" model and the "Multiregional" hypothesis. It does so by synthesizing the exis...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 20, 2004Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0121569330

ISBN - 13:9780121569334

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1. Introduction
2. Evolution of the Miocene Great Apes
3. The Later Miocene and Early Pliocene Hominids
4. Our Kind of Hominins
5. A Systematic Scheme for the Pliocene and Early Pleistocene Hominids
6. The First African Exodus: The Emergence of EarlyHomoin Europe and Asia
7. Human Evolution in the Middle Pleistocene
8. The Grisly Folk: The Emergence of the Neanderthals
9. The Second African Exodus: The Emergence of Modern Humans
10. The Emergence of Modern Humans in Asia and Australia
11. Epilogue
Appendix: Detailed Description of Characters (DWC)
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

"This is a detailed treatment which is sure to stimulate consideable debate and argument.? -David Pilbeam, Peabody Museum, Harvard University

"Although fairly academic in approach, this is still a very readable and well-illustrated overview."
- Douglas Palmer, NEW SCIENTIST