The Evolution of Modern Human Diversity: A Study of Cranial Variation

The Evolution of Modern Human Diversity: A Study of Cranial Variation

by Marta Mirazon Lahr
     
 

ISBN-10: 052102031X

ISBN-13: 9780521020312

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Exactly how modern humans evolved is a subject of intense debate. This book deals with the evolution of modern humans from an archaic ancestor and the differentiation of modern populations from each other. The first section of the book investigates whether modern populations arose from regional archaic hominid groups that were already different from each other, and…  See more details below

Overview

Exactly how modern humans evolved is a subject of intense debate. This book deals with the evolution of modern humans from an archaic ancestor and the differentiation of modern populations from each other. The first section of the book investigates whether modern populations arose from regional archaic hominid groups that were already different from each other, and argues that, in fact, most lines of evidence support a single, recent origin of modern humans in Africa. Dr Lahr then goes on to examine ways in which this diversification could have occurred, given what we know from fossils, archaeological remains and the relationships of existing populations today. This book will be a must for all those interested in human evolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521020312
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series, #18
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1Introduction3
2The modern human origins debate13
3The morphological basis of the Multiregional Model43
4The regional expression of the East Asian and Australian 'continuity traits'71
5Temporal distribution of the 'regional continuity traits' in late Pleistocene hominids116
6The independence of expression of the 'regional continuity traits'155
7Multiregional evolution as the source of recent regional cranial diversity: A review185
8Cranial variation in Homo sapiens203
9Morphological differentiation from a single ancestral source227
10Geographical differentiation from a single ancestral source265
11Reconstructing population histories278
12Final conclusions332
App. 1 Grading of the morphological 'regional continuity traits': Trait description and grade scores341
App. 2 Complementary measurements353
References357
Fossil and site index402
Subject index406

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