Bones Stones and Molecules

Author: David W. Cameron
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0121569330
Format: PDF
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Bones, Stones and Molecules provides some of the best evidence for resolving the debate between the two hypotheses of human origins. The debate between the 'Out of Africa' model and the 'Multiregional' hypothesis is examined through the functional and developmental processes associated with the evolution of the human skull and face and focuses on the significance of the Australian record. The book analyzes important new discoveries that have occurred recently and examines evidence that is not available elsewhere. Cameron and Groves argue that the existing evidence supports a recent origin for modern humans from Africa. They also specifically relate these two theories to interpretations of the origins of the first Australians. The book provides an up-to-date interpretation of the fossil, archaeological and the molecular evidence, specifically as it relates to Asia, and Australia in particular. * Readily accessible to the layperson and professional * Provides concise coverage of current scientific evidence * Presents a robust computer-generated model of human speciation over the last 7 million years * Well illustrated with figures and photographs of important fossil specimens * Presents a synthesis of great ape and human evolution

Human Beginnings in South Africa

Author: H. J. Deacon
Publisher: New Africa Books
ISBN: 9780864864178
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Stone Age is now beginning to be recognised as vital in establishing who we are and where we have come from. This period has long been neglected.

The Bone Readers

Author: Claudio Tuniz
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"Who owns the past? Scientists are reconstructing human prehistory with ever more refined techniques at a time when Indigenous people are demanding ownership of it, and when many archaeologists are challenging the primacy of scientific evidence. 'The bone readers' examines the most controversial issues in Australian pre-history. With a razor sharp eye and a fine sense of irony, the authors explain which hypotheses don't have legs and expose the implications for the politics of the present. They examine the facts and myths about first human arrival in Australia and later waves of arrivals, the implications of the discovery of Homo floresiensis (hobbits), sensitivities around the demise of megafauna, rock art dating, and what DNA tells us about ownership of human remains. Findings in Australia have implications for the history of the human species throughout the world, and they show how they can throw light on human lineages and animal extinctions elsewhere. Throughout they explain the complexities of scientific techniques for the general reader. This book sets the record straight for readers puzzled by the myriad claims and counterclaims. Not shy of controversy, it is bound to stir debate."--Provided by publisher.

The Palaeolithic Societies of Europe

Author: Clive Gamble
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521658720
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Clive Gamble's overview of Palaeolithic societies, building on his The Palaeolithic Settlement of Europe (1986).

Race and Racism

Author: Richard Perry
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230600775
Format: PDF
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"Race" and Racism examines the origins and development of racism in North America. It addresses the inception and persistence of the concept of "race" and discusses the biology of human variance, addressing the fossil record of human evolution, the relationship between creationism and science, population genetics, "race"-based medicine, and other related issues. The book explores the diverse ways in which people in a variety of cultures have perceived, categorized, and defined one another without reference to any concept of "race." It follows the history of American racism through slavery, the perceptions and treatment of Native Americans, Jim Crow laws, attitudes toward Irish and Southern European immigrants, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the civil rights era, and numerous other topics.

The Neanderthal s Necklace

Author: Juan Luis Arsuaga
Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows
ISBN: 9781568583037
Format: PDF, Docs
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A fascinating study of the proto-humans who lost the evolutionary battle with Cro-Magnan Man reveals interesting insights into the nature of the human race and an intriguing look at the way Neanderthals lived and the reasons why they vanished 50,000 years ago.