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Principles of human evolution : a core textbook
Lewin, Roger.
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Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Science, [1998]

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viii, 526 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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Rev. ed. of: Human evolution, 1993.
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GN281 .L489 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This long awaited core textbook in the study of evolution takes a similar approach to the subject as does Roger Lewin's classic text, Human Evolution , but goes a step further. The many important discoveries and new evidence that have emerged since the last edition of Human Evolution make this new text a timely and necessary addition to any introductory evolution course.

Coverage of the three new species of early human discovered in recent years.
Discussion of the new fossil and genetic evidence on the origin of modern humans.
An entire chapter on the Neanderthals.
A full treatment of modern evolutionary theory.
Extensive coverage of recent advances in molecular and morphological systematics.

Author Notes

Roger Lewin is an Associate of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University
Robert Foley is the Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of King's College

Table of Contents

Preface for students: a guide to studying human evolutionp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part 1 The Framework of Human Evolutionp. 1
Chapter 1 The growth of the evolutionary perspectivep. 3
Our place in naturep. 3
Establishing the link between humans and apes: historical viewsp. 9
Human evolution as narrative and as explanationp. 16
Chapter 2 The principles of evolutionary theoryp. 27
The fundamentals of evolutionary theoryp. 27
Modern evolutionary theory: the development of Neo-Darwinism and the power of natural selectionp. 34
Chapter 3 Pattern and process in evolutionp. 46
From micro- to macroevolution: debates in modern evolutionary theoryp. 46
The physical context of evolutionp. 55
Extinction and patterns of evolutionp. 73
Chapter 4 The geological contextp. 84
Dating methodsp. 84
The science of burialp. 94
Chapter 5 The systematic contextp. 101
Systematicsp. 101
Molecular systematicsp. 116
Chapter 6 Human evolution in comparative perspectivep. 126
Primate heritagep. 127
The comparative perspectivep. 140
Bodies, size, and shapep. 143
Bodies, brains, and energyp. 154
Chapter 7 Reconstructing behaviorp. 164
Bodies, behavior, and social structurep. 164
Non-human models of early hominin behaviorp. 173
Jaws and teethp. 184
Part 2 Early Hominin Evolutionp. 193
Chapter 8 Apes, hominins, and humans: morphology, molecules, and fossilsp. 195
Morphology and molecules: a history of conflictp. 196
Evolution of the catarrhines: the context of hominin originp. 212
Chapter 9 Searching for the first homininsp. 228
The earliest homininsp. 228
Bipedalismp. 240
Chapter 10 The apelike homininsp. 255
The australopithecinesp. 255
Chapter 11 Origins of Homop. 284
The genus Homop. 284
Hominin relationshipsp. 296
Chapter 12 Behavior and evolution of early homininsp. 308
Early tool technologiesp. 308
The pattern of early hominin evolutionp. 320
Chapter 13 Africa and beyond: the evolution of Homop. 331
Evolutionary patternsp. 332
New technologiesp. 346
Hunter or scavenger?p. 351
Part 3 Later Hominin Evolutionp. 363
Chapter 14 The origin of modern humans: background and fossil evidencep. 365
Background for the evolution of modern humansp. 366
Competing hypotheses for modern human originsp. 372
Chronological evidencep. 375
The question of regional continuityp. 377
The place of Neanderthals in human evolutionp. 394
Chapter 15 The origin of modern humans: genetic evidencep. 400
The impact of molecular evolutionary geneticsp. 400
Recent developmentsp. 409
Chapter 16 The origin of modern humans: archeology, behavior, and evolutionary processp. 422
Archeological evidencep. 423
Regional patterns in the archeologyp. 431
Toward an integrated model of modern human originsp. 440
Chapter 17 Evolution of the brain, intelligence, and culturep. 447
Encephalizationp. 448
Cultural evolutionp. 458
Chapter 18 Language and symbolismp. 464
The evolution of languagep. 464
Art in prehistoryp. 474
Chapter 19 New worlds, old worldsp. 488
Completing colonizationp. 490
The first villagersp. 500
The human evolutionary heritagep. 510
Referencesp. 513
Indexp. 532