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African Genesis: Perspectives on Hominin Evolution
     

African Genesis: Perspectives on Hominin Evolution

by Sally C. Reynolds (Editor)
 

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The discovery of the first species of African hominin, Australopithecus africanus, from Taung, South Africa in 1924, launched the study of fossil man in Africa. New discoveries continue to confirm the importance of this region to our understanding of human evolution. Outlining major developments since Raymond Dart's description of the Taung skull and, in particular,

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The discovery of the first species of African hominin, Australopithecus africanus, from Taung, South Africa in 1924, launched the study of fossil man in Africa. New discoveries continue to confirm the importance of this region to our understanding of human evolution. Outlining major developments since Raymond Dart's description of the Taung skull and, in particular, the impact of the pioneering work of Phillip V. Tobias, this book will be a valuable companion for students and researchers of human origins. It presents a summary of the current state of palaeoanthropology, reviewing the ideas that are central to the field, and provides a perspective on how future developments will shape our knowledge about hominin emergence in Africa. A wide range of key themes are covered, from the earliest fossils from Chad and Kenya, to the origins of bipedalism and the debate about how and where modern humans evolved and dispersed across Africa.

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"These papers provide a good summary of the state of the field in the late 2000's... Africa was the center of human evolutionary history for millions of years, and this book captures much of the excitement resulting from research on that continent. Recommended."
E. Delson, CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College for Choice Magazine

"African Genesis is a good contribution to the paleoanthropological literature and it will undoubtedly find its way into many university libraries."
JEREMY M. DESILVA, Boston University for American Journal of Human Biology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107019959
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/29/2012
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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From the Publisher
"These papers provide a good summary of the state of the field in the late 2000's... Africa was the center of human evolutionary history for millions of years, and this book captures much of the excitement resulting from research on that continent. Recommended."
E. Delson, CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College for Choice Magazine

Meet the Author

Sally C. Reynolds is an honorary research staff member of the Institute for Human Evolution, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She conducts research on the world-famous Sterkfontein Cave fossils and is interested in the relationships between geomorphology, mosaic habitats and extinction in hominins.

Andrew Gallagher is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Johannesburg. His principal research focuses on the evolutionary significance of size variation in hominin evolution and the functional morphology of the locomotor system.

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