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

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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.
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"...provides valuable insights and hypotheses on the possible ancient population dynamics of our species." John H. Relethford, The Quarterly Review of Biology
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 The modern human origins debate 13
3 The morphological basis of the Multiregional Model 43
4 The regional expression of the East Asian and Australian 'continuity traits' 71
5 Temporal distribution of the 'regional continuity traits' in late Pleistocene hominids 116
6 The independence of expression of the 'regional continuity traits' 155
7 Multiregional evolution as the source of recent regional cranial diversity: A review 185
8 Cranial variation in Homo sapiens 203
9 Morphological differentiation from a single ancestral source 227
10 Geographical differentiation from a single ancestral source 265
11 Reconstructing population histories 278
12 Final conclusions 332
App. 1 Grading of the morphological 'regional continuity traits': Trait description and grade scores 341
App. 2 Complementary measurements 353
References 357
Fossil and site index 402
Subject index 406
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