Neanderthals and Modern Humans: An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective

Neanderthals and Modern Humans: An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective

by Clive Finlayson, Finlayson Clive
     
 

Neanderthals and Modern Humans develops the theme of the close relationship between climate change, ecological change and biogeographical patterns in humans during the Pleistocene. In particular, it challenges the view that Modern Human 'superiority' caused the extinction of the Neanderthals between 40,000 and 30,000 years ago. Clive Finlayson shows that to understand… See more details below

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Neanderthals and Modern Humans develops the theme of the close relationship between climate change, ecological change and biogeographical patterns in humans during the Pleistocene. In particular, it challenges the view that Modern Human 'superiority' caused the extinction of the Neanderthals between 40,000 and 30,000 years ago. Clive Finlayson shows that to understand human evolution, the spread of humankind across the world and the extinction of archaic populations we must move away from a purely theoretical evolutionary ecology base and realise the importance of wider biogeographic patterns including the role of tropical and temperate refugia. His proposal is that Neanderthals became extinct because their world changed faster than they could cope with, and that their relationship with the arriving Modern Humans, where they met, was subtle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521121002
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series, #38
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
1,485,893
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1Human evolution in the Pleistocene1
2Biogeographical patterns9
3Human range expansions, contradictions and extinctions39
4The Modern Human - Neanderthal problem71
5Comparative behaviour and ecology of Neanderthals and Modern Humans94
6The conditions in Africa and Eurasia during the last glacial cycle135
7The Modern Human colonisation and the Neanderthal extinction148
8The survival of the weakest195
References209
Index249

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