The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution / Edition 2by Ian Tattersall
Pub. Date: 11/19/2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Extensively revised and updated, the second edition of The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution offers a colorful history of fossil discoveries and a revealing insider's look at how these finds have been interpretedand misinterpretedthrough time. It covers the dramatic increase in the size and scope of the human
Extensively revised and updated, the second edition of The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution offers a colorful history of fossil discoveries and a revealing insider's look at how these finds have been interpretedand misinterpretedthrough time. It covers the dramatic increase in the size and scope of the human fossil record as well as new techniques for analyzing and interpreting that record that have emerged in the thirteen intervening years since the first edition's publication. Author Ian Tattersall, Curator in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History, places the researchers and their discoveries within the context of their social and scientific milieus and reveals the many forces that shape our interpretation of fossil findings.
The Fossil Trail provides an up-to-the-minute overview of paleoanthropological thought and discovery and presents our "family tree" as it is portrayed in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History.
New to the Second Edition
*Revisions throughout bring this edition thoroughly up to date
*New chapters: Chapters 17 and 18 include a discussion of the state of paleoanthropology as the first decade of the 21st century concludes and thoughts on the future of the field
*A new gallery of maps of major fossil sites, in Western Europe, Central Europe, the Caucasus and Near East, East Asia, Northern Africa, and Southern Africa
*Updated opening timeline includes the stratigraphic ranges of twenty-three hominid species
*In addition to over 90 high quality fossil renderings, new photographs illustrate new findings in the field
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Table of Contents
Preface to the First Edition
Site Map of Western Europe
Site Map of Central Europe
Site Map of The Caucusus and the Near East
Site Map of East Asia
Site Map of Northern Africa
Site Map of Southern Africa
Chapter 1: Before Darwin
Time and the Diversity of Life
Enter the Antiquarians
Chapter 2: Darwin and After
Early Disquisitions on Neanderthals
Antiquarianism Transforms into Archaeology
Evolving Notions of Early Humans
Chapter 3: Pithecanthropus
Changing Views of the Neanderthals
Chapter 4: The Early Twentieth Century
Genetics and Species
The Hominid Fossil Record Grows
Dawson's Dawn Man
The "Neanderthal Phase of Man"
Chapter 5: Out of Africa
Back to Java
Chapter 6: . . . Always Something New
A Prophet in His Own Country . . .
Chapter 7: The Synthesis
A Remarkable Convergence
The Record Expands and Stereotypes Fall
Chapter 8: Olduvai Gorge
A Dating Revolution
Chapter 9: Rama's Ape Meets the Mighty Molecule
A New Hominid
A Top-Heavy Edifice
Enter the Molecules
What Is a Hominid?
Chapter 10: Omo and Turkana
Hominid Catastrophism and the Single-Species Hypothesis
The Omo and Ethiopia
Koobi Fora and the Turkana Basin
The Artifactual Record
More From Koobi Fora
Chapter 11: Hadar, Lucy, and Laetoli
Hadar, Lucy, and the First Family
Bodo and Laetoli
One Species or Two?
A Stem Hominid?
Bipeds and Climbers?
Chapter 12: Theory Intrudes
Phyletic Gradualism or Punctuated Equilibria?
Scenarios and Trees
Chapter 13: Eurasia and Africa: The Record Grows
The Chinese Record
East and South
Chapter 14: Turkana and OlduvaiAgain
The "Turkana Boy"
Back to Olduvai
The Unthinkable Thought
The Black Skull
Graciles and Robusts
Chapter 15: The Caveman Vanishes
Understanding the Caves
A Complex Picture
The Neanderthal View of the World
Chapter 16: Candelabras and Continuity
The Multiregional Model
The Diversity Perspective
A Single Origin
The Mighty Mitochondrion
Refinements in Dating
Chapter 17: Another Fin de Siècle
Diet and Isotopes
Neanderthal Environmental Preferences
The Neanderthal Body
DNA from Neanderthals
Hybrid Red Herrings
Atapuerca: A Fossil Cornucopia
Diversity Among Early Europeans
Out of Africa for the First Time
"African Homo erectus": More Diversity?
Early Homo sapiens?
A "Human Revolution"?
"Adams" and "Eves"
The Mysterious Hominid of Flores
Chapter 18: Back to the Beginning
A Veritable Menu of Earliest Hominids
Back to Kenya
A Tale of Two Skeletons
A New "Robust"
New Australopiths from Ethiopia
Chapter 19: So, Where Are We?
SystematicsThe Key to Understanding the Hominids
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