The Nariokotome Homo Erectus Skeleton / Edition 1

The Nariokotome Homo Erectus Skeleton / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
3540563016
ISBN-13:
9783540563013
Pub. Date:
07/16/1996
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg

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The Nariokotome Homo Erectus Skeleton / Edition 1

The partial skeleton of Homo erectus found in Kenya by Alan Walker, Richard Leakey, and others is truly one of the great discoveries in paleoanthropology, after the world's best paleoanthropologists have diligently searched for traces of Homo erectus in Africa and Asia for a century. In this book, the authors present descriptions and photographs of all parts of the skeleton and accompany these with a thorough analysis. It consists of three parts. The first part covers the geology, dating, paleoenvironments, and the taphonomy of the site. The second part is a description of the specimen and a review of other Homo erectus specimens from the Lake Turkana region. The last part is composed of analytical papers on certain aspects of the boy's biology as they apply to other Homo erectus specimens. "What impresses me most about the volume is that apart from the basic description of the fossil, which itself is of great importance, the editors have sought out leading experts to tackle problems relating to specific issues in the evolutionary biology of Homo erectus. Many of these chapters would stand alone as major contributions. Together, they make a remarkable volume that will become a standard reference." (Robert A. Foley, Professor of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783540563013
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 07/16/1996
Edition description: 1993
Pages: 458
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.98(h) x (d)

About the Author

Alan Walker is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. A Royal Society and MacArthur Fellow, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1996, he and Pat Shipman won the prestigious Rhône-Poulenc Prize for The Wisdom of the Bones.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.- I. The Site.- 2. Geologic setting and age.- 3. Microstratigraphy and paleoenvironments.- 4. Taphonomy.- 5. The faunal context.- II. The Specimen.- 6. The skull.- 7. The postcranial bones.- 8. The dentition.- III. Analytical Studies.- 9. The physiological age of KNM-WT 15000.- 10. The reconstruction of the pelvis.- 11. Body size and body shape.- 12. The thoracic and lumbar vertebrae.- 13. The rib cage.- 14. The endocast.- 15. The vertebral canal.- 16. A morphometric study of facial growth.- 17. Perspectives on the nariokotome discovery.- A note on accession numbers.- The preparation and Casting of the specimen.- References.- Acknowledgments.- Contributors.

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What impressed me most about the volume is that, apart from the basic description of the fossil, which itself is of great importance, the editors have sought out leading experts to tackle problems relating to specific issues in the evolutionary biology of Homo erectus. Many of these chapters would stand alone as major contributions. Together, they make a remarkable volume.

R. A. Foley

What impressed me most about the volume is that, apart from the basic description of the fossil, which itself is of great importance, the editors have sought out leading experts to tackle problems relating to specific issues in the evolutionary biology of Homo erectus. Many of these chapters would stand alone as major contributions. Together, they make a remarkable volume.
R. A. Foley, University of Cambridge

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