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Transitions Before the Transition

Evolution and Stability in the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age

  • Erella Hovers
  • Steven L. Kuhn
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Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions To Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Steven L. Kuhn, Erella Hovers
    Pages 1-11
  3. M. R. Kleindienst
    Pages 13-28
  4. Geoffrey A. Clark, Julien Riel-Salvatore
    Pages 29-56
  5. Anthony E. Marks, Victor P. Chabai
    Pages 121-135
  6. Liliane Meignen, Ofer Bar-Yosef, John D. Speth, Mary C. Stiner
    Pages 149-169
  7. John D. Speth
    Pages 171-188
  8. John J. Shea
    Pages 189-211
  9. Alison S. Brooks, Lisa Nevell, John E. Yellen, Gideon Hartman
    Pages 233-255
  10. Sally McBrearty, Christian Tryon
    Pages 257-277
  11. Ofer Bar-Yosef
    Pages 305-325
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 327-332

About this book

Introduction

Modern human origins and the fate of the Neanderthals are arguably the most compelling and contentious arenas in paleoanthropology. The much-discussed split between advocates of a single, early emergence of anatomically modern humans in sub-Saharan Africa and supporters of various regional continuity positions is only part of the picture. Equally if not more important are questions surrounding the origins of modern behavior, and the relationships between anatomical and behavioral changes that occurred during the past 200,000 years. Although modern humans as a species may be defined in terms of their skeletal anatomy, it is their behavior, and the social and cognitive structures that support that behavior, which most clearly distinguish Homo sapiens from earlier forms of humans.

This book assembles researchers working in Eurasia and Africa to discuss the archaeological record of the Middle Paleolithic and the Middle Stone Age. This is a time period when Homo sapiens last shared the world with other species, and during which patterns of behavior characteristic of modern humans developed and coalesced. Contributions to this volume query and challenge some current notions about the tempo and mode of cultural evolution, and about the processes that underlie the emergence of modern behavior. The papers focus on several fundamental questions. Do typical elements of "modern human behavior" appear suddenly, or are there earlier archaeological precursors of them? Are the archaeological records of the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age unchanging and monotonous, or are there detectable evolutionary trends within these periods? Coming to diverse conclusions, the papers in this volume open up new avenues to thinking about this crucial interval in human evolutionary history.

Keywords

Evolution Homo sapiens Middle Paleolithic Middle Stone Age Stone Age cultural evolution neanderthal paleoanthropology paleolithic paleolithic archaeology

Editors and affiliations

  • Erella Hovers
    • 1
  • Steven L. Kuhn
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyHebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

About the editors

Discipline codes:
SOCIAL SCIENCES, GENERAL:Anthropology/Archaeometry
SOCIAL SCIENCES, GENERAL:Archaeology

 

Transitions Before the Transition
Evolution and Stability in the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age


Edited by
Erella Hovers Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Steven Kuhn University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

This title explores questions surrounding the origins of modern behavior, and the relationships between anatomical and behavioral changes that occurred during the past 200,000 years. It assembles researchers working in Eurasia and Africa to discuss what was happening during the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age (the "Transition"); i.e. the era prior to or during the appearance of anatomically modern humans in their geographic areas.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO ARCHAEOLOGY

Hard cover, ISBN 0-387-24658-4
December 2005, 246 pp.


Promo Class: B
Profit Centre: P150 Krauss (430)

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Transitions Before the Transition
  • Book Subtitle Evolution and Stability in the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age
  • Editors Erella Hovers
    Steven Kuhn
  • Series Title Interdisciplinary Contributions To Archaeology
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b106329
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-24658-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-2036-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-24661-1
  • Series ISSN 1568-2722
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 332
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    History, general
    Anthropology
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