Bones, Stones and Molecules: "Out of Africa" and Human Origins / Edition 1

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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

Audience: Undergraduate and graduate students of courses in primatology or physical anthropology. Researchers, students and the general layperson interested in the evolution controversy. Readers of: American Journal Physical Anthropology, Journal of Human Evolution, Folia Primatologica, Evolutionary Anthropology, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121569334
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 0.85 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

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 Early Homo in 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)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    A must for those interested in Human Evolution!

    I have just completed reading Cameron and Groves new book. It is a well researched and highly accessible work. It documents in detail not only human evolution, but also the evolution of the great apes. While some may not agree with all of their conclusions, one can see the logic to their argument(s), and I find it difficult to fault. It is also interesting to see that while Cameron and Groves agree on the overall picture currently emerging, they still disagree on a number of `finer¿ points. This is great because we can see how science works and it is refreshing to see that they `agree to disagree¿ on these points, while still presenting a synthesised version of human and great ape evolution. They also demolish the recent argument for the Single species hypothesis, by showing that the authors of this hypothesis have misunderstood some very basic fundamentals of zoology-biology. Finally it addresses the issue of the `Out of Africa¿ and the `Multiregional¿ hypothesis, using not just the fossil record, but evidence relating to archaeology and especially the molecular evidence, refuting the multiregionalist paradigm to a large degree. I would encourage all of those interested in human and great ape evolution to obtain a copy ¿ its well worth the money!!!

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