Reconstructing Human Origins

A Modern Synthesis, Third Edition

Author: Glenn C. Conroy,Herman Pontzer

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393912892

Category: Social Science

Page: 732

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Reconstructing Human Origins is the most authoritative, comprehensive, and popular paleoanthropology textbook available. Respected anthropologists Glenn Conroy and new coauthor Herman Pontzer use clear writing and abundant, carefully chosen illustrations to illuminate key concepts and help students get the most out of the course. This definitive paleoanthropology text has been fully revised to keep pace with all of the exciting recent developments in the field.
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Reconstructing Human Origins

A Modern Synthesis

Author: Glenn C. Conroy

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393925906

Category: Science

Page: 694

View: 3338

This dynamic introduction to paleoanthropology presents the fossil evidence for human evolution and demonstrates how anthropologists interpret this evidence in light of the most current research. Addressing some of the most central questions in paleoanthropology—where did we come from? is the emergence of humans an evolutionary anomaly?—Professor Conroy explores with clarity and enthusiasm the promise and challenges of this exciting field. The Second Edition has been significantly expanded and reorganized for greater accessibility. New and Expanded Coverage In addition to Professor Conroy’s newly included essay, Brainteasers, which compares hot issues and non-issues in human evolution, the Second Edition includes: New discussions of Sahelanthropus, Orrorin, Ardipithecus, Kenyanthropus, and newly discovered species of Australopithecus. New discussions of the oldest hominins from Europe, including those from Dmanisi (Georgia) and Atapuerca (Spain). New molecular evidence regarding the multiregional versus out-of-Africa hypotheses. A new, comprehensive bibliography arranged in the style of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Reorganized and Revised To accommodate new material and make the text more accessible and useful for lectures, the Second Edition has been expanded from ten to thirteen chapters. New coverage includes a clarifying introduction, in chapter 1, to basic primate dental and postcranial anatomy and an engaging treatment, in chapter 2, of climatic aspects of the Plio-Pleistocene world that influenced evolution. Remaining material has been rigorously revised and reorganized, integrating the diverse aspects of human evolution into a clear narrative. Pedagogically Useful Art Program Reconstructing Human Origins features an extensive art program that contextualizes and expands upon information and concepts in the text.
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Reconstructing Human Origins

A Modern Synthesis

Author: Glenn C. Conroy

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393970425

Category: Fossil hominids.

Page: 557

View: 6565

The field of paleoanthropology has undergone tremendous change and growth since the 1970s. This book is a synthesis of the many areas of research in this field, examining all aspects of the fossil record - paleoecological, morphological and archaeological - to throw light on the process of human evolution from our primate ancestors to modern humans.
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Author: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Publisher: Academic Internet Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781428886247

Category: Education

Page: 118

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Never HIGHLIGHT a Book Again! Virtually all of the testable terms, concepts, persons, places, and events from the textbook are included. Cram101 Just the FACTS101 studyguides give all of the outlines, highlights, notes, and quizzes for your textbook with optional online comprehensive practice tests. Only Cram101 is Textbook Specific. Accompanys: 9780393925906 .
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Reconstructing Human Origins, A Modern Sythesis

Anthropology, Anthropology

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1478451653

Category: Education

Page: 231

View: 3468

Facts101 is your complete guide to Reconstructing Human Origins, A Modern Sythesis. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
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Reconstructing Human Origins

A Modern Synthesis

Author: Conroy,Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Publisher: Academic Internet Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781428826069

Category: Education

Page: 132

View: 3272

Never HIGHLIGHT a Book Again! Virtually all of the testable terms, concepts, persons, places, and events from the textbook are included. Cram101 Just the FACTS101 studyguides give all of the outlines, highlights, notes, and quizzes for your textbook with optional online comprehensive practice tests. Only Cram101 is Textbook Specific. Accompanys: 9780393970425 .
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Human Evolutionary Biology

Author: Michael P. Muehlenbein

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139789007

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 1174

Wide-ranging and inclusive, this text provides an invaluable review of an expansive selection of topics in human evolution, variation and adaptability for professionals and students in biological anthropology, evolutionary biology, medical sciences and psychology. The chapters are organized around four broad themes, with sections devoted to phenotypic and genetic variation within and between human populations, reproductive physiology and behavior, growth and development, and human health from evolutionary and ecological perspectives. An introductory section provides readers with the historical, theoretical and methodological foundations needed to understand the more complex ideas presented later. Two hundred discussion questions provide starting points for class debate and assignments to test student understanding.
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Human Origins

Contributions from Social Anthropology

Author: Camilla Power,Morna Finnegan,Hilary Callan

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1785333798

Category: Social Science

Page: 364

View: 3819

Human Origins brings together new thinking by social anthropologists and other scholars on the evolution of human culture and society. No other discipline has more relevant expertise to consider the emergence of humans as the symbolic species. Yet, social anthropologists have been conspicuously absent from debates about the origins of modern humans. These contributions explore why that is, and how social anthropology can shed light on early kinship and economic relations, gender politics, ritual, cosmology, ethnobiology, medicine, and the evolution of language.
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The Origin of Modern Humans and the Impact of Chronometric Dating

Author: Martin Jim Aitken,Chris B. Stringer,Paul A. Mellars

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400851556

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 9189

This volume of papers delivered to The Royal Society in February of 1992 explores the debate over the "single center" hypothesis of human origins versus "multi-regional evolution." Over the last five years there has been growing support for a recent "Out of Africa" origin of modern humans--based on fresh interpretations of the palaeoanthropological and archaeological evidence, new applications of physical dating techniques to important sites, and a greatly increased genetic data base on recent human variation and its geographical patterning. But there has also been a parallel growth of doubts about interpretations of the new evidence from some workers. This book provides a review of recent progress and allows some of these doubts to be aired and discussed. In addition to the editors, the contributors are O. Bar-Yosef, A. M. Bowcock, P. Brown, H. J. Deacon, L. L. Cavalli-Sforza, J. D. Clark, R. Grün, J.-J. Hublin, A. A. Lin, G. H. Miller, J. L. Mountain, H. P. Schwarcz, N. J. Shackleton, F. H. Smith, and M. Stoneking. Originally published in 1993. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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What Teeth Reveal about Human Evolution

Author: Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107082102

Category: Nature

Page: 275

View: 5084

Explores the insights that fossil hominin teeth provide about human evolution, linking findings with current debates in palaeoanthropology.
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Chimpanzees and Human Evolution

Author: Martin N. Muller

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674983319

Category: Science

Page: 794

View: 4654

Knowledge of wild chimpanzees has expanded dramatically. This volume, edited by Martin Muller, Richard Wrangham, and David Pilbeam, brings together scientists who are leading a revolution to discover and explain human uniqueness, by studying our closest living relatives. Their conclusions may transform our understanding of human evolution.
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In the Light of Evolution

Volume IV: The Human Condition

Author: National Academy of Sciences

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309185288

Category: Science

Page: 428

View: 8586

The Human Condition is a collection of papers by leading evolutionary biologists and philosophers of science that reflect on the Darwinian Revolution as it relates to the human condition at levels ranging from the molecular to the theological. The book focuses on understanding the evolutionary origin of humans and their biological and cultural traits. The Human Condition is organized into three parts: Human Phylogenetic History and the Paleontological Record; Structure and Function of the Human Genome; and Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of Being Human. This fourth volume from the In the Light of Evolution (ILE) series, based on a series of Arthur M. Sackler colloquia, was designed to promote the evolutionary sciences. Each volume explores evolutionary perspectives on a particular biological topic that is scientifically intriguing but also has special relevance to contemporary societal issues or challenges. Individually and collectively, the ILE series interprets phenomena in various areas of biology through the lens of evolution, addresses some of the most intellectually engaging as well as pragmatically important societal issues of our times, and fosters a greater appreciation of evolutionary biology as a consolidating foundation for the life sciences.
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50 Great Myths of Human Evolution

Understanding Misconceptions about Our Origins

Author: John H. Relethford

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470673923

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 7738

50 Great Myths of Human Evolution uses common misconceptions to explore basic theory and research in human evolution and strengthen critical thinking skills for lay readers and students. Examines intriguing—yet widely misunderstood—topics, from general ideas about evolution and human origins to the evolution of modern humans and recent trends in the field Describes what fossils, archaeology, and genetics can tell us about human origins Demonstrates the ways in which science adapts and changes over time to incorporate new evidence and better explanations Includes myths such as “Humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs;” “Lucy was so small because she was a child;” “Our ancestors have always made fire;” and “There is a strong relationship between brain size and intelligence” Comprised of stand-alone essays that are perfect for casual reading, as well as footnotes and references that allow readers to delve more deeply into topics
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Who We Are and How We Got Here

Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

Author: David Reich

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198821255

Category: DNA

Page: 368

View: 2644

David Reich describes how the revolution in the ability to sequence ancient DNA has changed our understanding of the deep human past. This book tells the emerging story of our often surprising ancestry - the extraordinary ancient migrations and mixtures of populations that have made us who we are.
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Forced to Flee

Human Rights and Human Wrongs in Refugee Homelands

Author: Peter W. Van Arsdale

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739155067

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 509

Author Peter W. Van Arsdale presents first-hand fieldwork conducted over a 30-year span in six refugee homelands ranging from Sudan to Bosnia. This expert research bridges the emergent refugee and human rights regimes, while addressing theories of obligation, justice, and structural violence.
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Reconstructing the Past

Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference

Author: Elliott Sober

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262691444

Category: Psychology

Page: 265

View: 6583

Reconstructing the Past seeks to clarify and help resolve the vexing methodological issues that arise when biologists try to answer such questions as whether human beings are more closely related to chimps than they are to gorillas. It explores the case for considering the philosophical idea of simplicity/parsimony as a useful principle for evaluating taxonomic theories of evolutionary relationships.For the past two decades, evolutionists have been vigorously debating the appropriate methods that should be used in systematics, the field that aims at reconstructing phylogenetic relationships among species. This debate over phylogenetic inference, Elliott Sober observes, raises broader questions of hypothesis testing and theory evaluation that run head on into long standing issues concerning simplicity/parsimony in the philosophy of science.Sober treats the problem of phylogenetic inference as a detailed case study in which the philosophical idea of simplicity/parsimony can be tested as a principle of theory evaluation. Bringing together philosophy and biology, as well as statistics, Sober builds a general framework for understanding the circumstances in which parsimony makes sense as a tool of phylogenetic inference. Along the way he provides a detailed critique of parsimony in the biological literature, exploring the strengths and limitations of both statistical and nonstatistical cladistic arguments.
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The Science of Human Evolution

Getting it Right

Author: John H. Langdon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319415859

Category: Science

Page: 220

View: 4929

This textbook provides a collection of case studies in paleoanthropology demonstrating the method and limitations of science. These cases introduce the reader to various problems and illustrate how they have been addressed historically. The various topics selected represent important corrections in the field, some critical breakthroughs, models of good reasoning and experimental design, and important ideas emerging from normal science.
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The Human Lineage

Author: Matt Cartmill,Fred H. Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118211456

Category: Social Science

Page: 624

View: 9809

"This textbook, aimed at advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in paleoanthropology courses, tackles a rather difficult task—that of presenting the substantial body of paleontological, genetic, geological and archaeological evidence regarding human evolution, and the associated scientific history, in a logical and readable way without sacrificing either clarity or detail... the sheer quality of the writing and explanatory synthesis in this book will undoubtedly make it a valuable resource for students for many years." —PaleoAnthropology, 2010 This book focuses on the last ten million years of human history, from the hominoid radiations to the emergence and diversification of modern humanity. It draws upon the fossil record to shed light on the key scientific issues, principles, methods, and history in paleoanthropology. The book proceeds through the fossil record of human evolution by historical stages representing the acquisition of major human features that explain the success and distinctive properties of modern Homo sapiens. Key features: Provides thorough coverage of the fossil record and sites, with data on key variables such as cranial capacity and body size estimates Offers a balanced, critical assessment of the interpretative models explaining pattern in the fossil record Each chapter incorporates a "Blind Alley" box focusing on once prevalent ideas now rejected such as the arboreal theory, seed-eating, single-species hypothesis, and Piltdown man Promotes critical thinking by students while allowing instructors flexibility in structuring their teaching Densely illustrated with informative, well-labelled anatomical drawings and photographs Includes an annotated bibliography for advanced inquiry Written by established leaders in the field, providing depth of expertise on evolutionary theory and anatomy through to functional morphology, this textbook is essential reading for all advanced undergraduate students and beginning graduate students in biological anthropology.
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Reconstruction of life from the skeleton

Author: M. Yaşar İşcan

Publisher: Wiley-Liss

ISBN: 9780471562290

Category: Medical

Page: 315

View: 5203

Here is a fascinating profile of recent research activities in skeletal anthropology and paleodemography that also documents the progress achieved within the century. This complete sourcebook not only shows what has already been accomplished, but also points the way for future research. A detailed text, Reconstruction of Life from the Skeleton describes the techniques scientists currently use to reconstruct life patterns and individual identification from human skeletal remains and explains how to determine the ``way'' people lived, rather than merely list the history and evolution of population groups.
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