Early Humans: The Pleistocene and Holocene Epochs

Early Humans: The Pleistocene and Holocene Epochs

by Thom Holmes




The human species is relatively new to the planet in geologic terms. With origins reaching back only a few million years, the rise of humans from primate ancestors is a remarkable evolutionary success story. Early Humans traces the beginnings of the human species, its success and adaptability, and the development of such innovations as human language and culture. In exploring human origins, the book also delves into provocative questions facing the human species: How are we different from each other, is there a biological basis for race, and what does the future hold for human evolution?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816059669
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2009
Series: Prehistoric Earth Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Acknowledgments 9

Foreword 11

Introduction 13

Section 1 The Rise of Modern Humans 17

Chapter 1 Early Hominins and the Emergence of the Genus Homo 19

Chapter 2 Archaic Homo Species 46

Section 2 Modern Humans 73

Chapter 3 Premodern Humans of the Genus Homo 74

Chapter 4 The Emergence of Modern Humans-Homo sapiens 96

Conclusion: Human Evolution in a Changing World 122

Appendix 1 Geologic Time Scale 129

Appendix 2 Positional Terms 130

Glossary 131

Chapter Bibliography 134

Further Reading 142

Picture Credits 146

Index 147

About the Author 151

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