Processes in Human Evolution: The journey from early hominins to Neandertals and Modern Humans

Paperback | December 10, 2016

byFrancisco J. Ayala, Camilo J. Cela-Conde

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The discoveries of the last decade have brought about a completely revised understanding of human evolution, due to the recent advances in genetics, palaeontology, ecology, archaeology, geography, and climate science. Written by two leading authorities in the fields of physical anthropologyand molecular evolution, Processes in Human Evolution presents a reconsidered overview of hominid evolution, synthesising data and approaches from a range of inter-disciplinary fields. The authors pay particular attention to population migrations, since these are crucial in understanding the originand dispersion of the different genera and species in each continent, and to the emergence of the lithic cultures and their impact on the evolution of the cognitive capacities.Processes in Human Evolution is intended as a primary textbook for university courses on human evolution, and may also be used as supplementary reading in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. It is also suitable for interested lay-readers seeking a readable but up-to-date and inclusivetreatment of human origins and evolution.

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The discoveries of the last decade have brought about a completely revised understanding of human evolution, due to the recent advances in genetics, palaeontology, ecology, archaeology, geography, and climate science. Written by two leading authorities in the fields of physical anthropologyand molecular evolution, Processes in Human Ev...

Francisco J. Ayala is University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. Prof. Ayala is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the 2001 National Medal of Science, and served as Chair of the Authoring Committee of Science, Evolu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:December 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198739915

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Table of Contents

1. Evolution, Genetics, and Systematics2. Taxonomy3. The Origin of Hominins4. Miocene and Early Pliocene Hominins5. Middle and Upper Pliocene Hominins6. The Emergence of the Genus Homo7. Lithic Traditions: Tool Making8. Middle and Lower Pleistocene: The Homo Radiation9. Hominin Transition to Late Pliocene10. Species of the Late Pleistocene11. Neandertals and Modern Humans: Similarities and Differences