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The First Boat People
     

The First Boat People

by S. G. Webb
 

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ISBN-10: 0521856566

ISBN-13: 9780521856560

Pub. Date: 05/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The First Boat People concerns how people travelled across the world to Australia in the Pleistocene. It traces movement from Africa to Australia, offering a new view of population growth at that time, challenging current ideas, and underscoring problems with the 'Out of Africa' theory of how modern humans emerged. The variety of routes, strategies and

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The First Boat People concerns how people travelled across the world to Australia in the Pleistocene. It traces movement from Africa to Australia, offering a new view of population growth at that time, challenging current ideas, and underscoring problems with the 'Out of Africa' theory of how modern humans emerged. The variety of routes, strategies and opportunities that could have been used by those first migrants is proposed against the very different regional geography that existed at that time. Steve Webb shows the impact of human entry into Australia on the megafauna using fresh evidence from his work in Central Australia, including a description of palaeoenvironmental conditions existing there during the last two glaciations. He argues for an early human arrival and describes in detail the skeletal evidence for the first Australians. This is a stimulating account for students and researchers in biological anthropology, human evolution and archaeology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521856560
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series , #47
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Prologue; 1. Going to Sunda: Lower Pleistocene transcontinental migration; 2. Pleistocene population growth; 3. From Sunda to Sahul: transequatorial migration in the Upper Pleistocene; 4. Upper Pleistocene migration patterns on Sahul; 5. Palaeoenvironments, megafauna and the Upper Pleistocene settlement of Central Australia; 6. Upper Pleistocene Australians: the Willandran people; 7. Origins: a morphological puzzle; 8. Migratory time frames and Upper Pleistocene environmental sequences in Australia; 9. An incomplete jigsaw puzzle; Appendices; References.

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