The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia

Paleoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics

  • Michael D. Petraglia
  • Jeffrey I. Rose

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Quaternary Environments and Demographic Response

  3. Genetics and Migration

  4. Pleistocene Archaeology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 102-102
    2. Michael D. Petraglia, Nick Drake, Abdullah Alsharekh
      Pages 103-116
    3. Ghanim Wahida, Walid Yasin Al-Tikriti, Mark J. Beech, Ali Al Meqbali
      Pages 117-124
    4. Julie Scott-Jackson, William Scott-Jackson, Jeffrey I. Rose
      Pages 125-138
    5. Jeffrey I. Rose, Vitaly I. Usik
      Pages 169-185
  5. The Early Holocene

  6. Synthesis and Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 294-294
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 309-312

About this book


The contemporary deserts of Arabia form some of the most dramatic arid landscapes in the world; yet, during many times in the past, the region was well-watered, containing evidence for rivers and lakes. Climatic fluctuations through time must have had a profound effect on human population that lived and passed through the region. In this book, paleoenvironmental specialists, archaeologists and geneticists are brought together to provide a comprehensive account of the evolution of human populations in Arabia. A wide range of topics are explored in this book, including environmental change and its impact on human populations, the movement and dispersal of populations through the region, and the origin and spread of food producing economies. New theories and interpretations are presented which provide new insights into the evolution of human populations in a key region of the world.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael D. Petraglia
    • 1
  • Jeffrey I. Rose
    • 2
  1. 1.Leverhulme Centre for HumanUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Dept. Anthropology & GeographyOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-2718-4
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-2719-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series Online ISSN 1877-9085
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