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Overview

The Human Lineage focuses on the last ten million years of human history, from the hominoid radiations of the Miocene to the emergence and diversification of modern humanity. It draws upon the fossil record to shed light on the scientific issues, principles, methods, and history of paleoanthropology. Its chapters cover historical geology, evolutionary analysis, primate origins and evolution, and the functional morphology, relationships, and adaptations of the human lineage and its side branches through the Pliocene and Pleistocene.
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"The Human Lineage could be used as a sole text, supplemented with journal articles and library sources." (PaleoAnthropology, 2010)

"Although paleoanthropology as a field moves rapidly the sheer quality of the writing and explanatory synthesis in this book will undoubtedly make it a valuable resource for students for many years." (PaleoAnthropology, July 2010)"The Human Lineage excels in providing rich detail and clear explanations for complex issues. This is true of the writing, but is particularly apparent in the 300 or so superb illustrations that detail dozens of fossils as well as anatomical structures and mechanics." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, March 2010)

"Cartmill and Smith have produced a generally excellent work for advanced students." (CHOICE, October 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471214915
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Series: Foundation of Human Biology Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,333,160
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Fossil Record 1

Ch. 2 Analyzing Evolution 29

Ch. 3 People As Primates 63

Ch. 4 The Bipedal Ape 129

Ch. 5 The Migrating Ape: Homo erectus and Human Evolution 233

Ch. 6 The Big-Brained Ape: Regional Variation and Evolutionary Trends in the Middle Pleistocene 291

Ch. 7 Talking Apes: The Neandertals 337

Ch. 8 The Symbolic Ape: The Origin of Modern Humans 413

Appendix Cranial Measurements 481

Bibliography 4 87

Index 565

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    best book on the market

    this is far the best textbook on human evolution currently available on the market. Matt Cartmill's insights into evolutionary mechanisms, mammalian & primate evolution, combined with Fred Smith's vast knowledge of human fossil record make this a very happy intelectual marriage. Further, both are great teachers with years of experience working with students. Although the book is quite detailed and voluminous, don't be scared off by this. The way they use scientific data is to tell a story - it is not ( unlike some other books out there) just another too detailed overview of everything there is. These guys tell us a human story and make sure to guide us along the way. Easy to read and with extensive list of used references. If you're seriously getting into the field of paleoanthropology, treat yourself with this volume. You won't be sorry.

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