Human Evolution: Trails from the Past

Paperback | October 24, 2007

byCamilo J. Cela-Conde, Francisco J. Ayala

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Human Evolution provides a comprehensive overview of hominid evolution, synthesising data and approaches from fields as diverse as physical anthropology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, genetics, archaeology, psychology and philosophy. The book starts with chapters on evolution, population genetics, systematics, and the methods for constructing evolutionary trees. These are followed by a comprehensive review of the fossil history of human evolution since our divergence from the apes. Subsequent chapters cover more recent data,both fossil and molecular, relating to the evolution of modern humans. A final section describes the evolution of culture, language, art, and morality.The authors are leading experts in two complementary fields of scholarship, physical anthropology and molecular evolution. Throughout the book they successfully integrate their expertise in evolutionary theory, phylogenetics, genomics, cultural evolution, language, aesthetics and morality toproduce a cutting edge textbook, copiously illustrated and with an extensive and up-to-date bibliography. It will be suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate level students taking courses on human evolution within departments of biology, anthropology, psychology and philosophy. The bookwill also appeal to a more general audience seeking a readable, up-to-date and inclusive treatment of human origins and evolution.

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Human Evolution provides a comprehensive overview of hominid evolution, synthesising data and approaches from fields as diverse as physical anthropology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, genetics, archaeology, psychology and philosophy. The book starts with chapters on evolution, population genetics, systematics, and the metho...

Camilo J. Cela-Conde is Director of the Laboratory of Human Systematics and Professor at the University of Islas Baleares (Spain). He is a Fellow (elected 1999) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is author of two books on human evolution, plus a dozen more books on fiction, biography, essay, and scie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.87 inPublished:October 24, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198567804

ISBN - 13:9780198567806

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Table of Contents

1. Evolution, Genetics, and Systematics2. The Evolution of Hominoids3. The Hominin Lineage4. Miocene and Pliocene Genera and Species5. Pliocene Hominins: South Africa and the Rift Valley6. The Pliocene Cladogenesis-Paranthropus vs. Homo7. The Radiation of Homo8. Evolutionary Characteristics of the erectus Grade9. The Late Pleistocene Transition10. The Uniqueness of Being Human