Neandertals and Modern Humans in Western Asia

Neandertals and Modern Humans in Western Asia

by Takeru Akazawa
     
 

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In this fascinating volume, the Middle Paleolithic archaeology of the Middle East is brought to the current debate on the origins of modern humans. These collected papers gather the most up-to-date archaeological discoveries of Western Asia - a region that is often overshadowed by African or European findings - but the only region in the world where both Neandertal

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In this fascinating volume, the Middle Paleolithic archaeology of the Middle East is brought to the current debate on the origins of modern humans. These collected papers gather the most up-to-date archaeological discoveries of Western Asia - a region that is often overshadowed by African or European findings - but the only region in the world where both Neandertal and early modern human fossils have been found. The collection includes reports on such well known cave sites as Kebara, Hayonim, and Qafzeh, among others. The information and interpretations available here are a must for any serious researcher or student of anthropology or human evolution.

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'I recommend this book as an excellent summary of this emerging reality.'
American Scientist, 87 (1999)
'This text is a must for researchers in Old World prehistory or the origins of modern humans and would serve well as a classroom text on Eurasian prehistory.'
Science Books and Films (September/October 1999)
Booknews
Contains 34 contributions which resulted from a November 1995 conference in Tokyo, divided into sections on issues of evolution and chronology, cultural interpretations and subsistence strategies in archaeological assemblages, human fossils, and views from neighboring regions on cultural and human evolution. Topics addressed include the chronology of the middle Paleolithic of the Levant, bitumen as hafting material on middle Paleolithic artifacts from the El Kowm Basin in Syria, ontogenetic variation in late pleistocene Homo Sapiens from the Near East, and domestic fire as evidence for language. Most of the contributions contain maps, graphs, and/or b&w photographs of fossils and dig sites. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306459245
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
06/20/2008
Edition description:
1998
Pages:
539
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 1.19(d)

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