Asian Paleoanthropology: An Introduction

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

Abstract

In the days of Ernst Haeckel, Eugene Dubois, Henry Fairfield Osborn, and Roy Chapman Andrews, Asia was often considered the center where major events in human evolution occurred. Since the middle of the twentieth century, however, the focus of paleoanthropology shifted to Africa, due (at least in part) to the many significant hominin fossils found there (Dennell 2001). It is now generally accepted that most of the major human evolutionary events during the late Neogene and the early Early Pleistocene took place in Africa, rather than Asia.

Keywords

Korean Peninsula Marine Isotope Stage Dispersal Corridor Biogeographic Zone Geometric Morphometrics Method 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Eric Delson for comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript.

References

  1. Anton, S. C. (2007). Climatic influences on the evolution of early Homo? Folia Primatol, 78, 365–388.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Anton, S. C., & Swisher, C. C., III. (2004). Early dispersals of Homo from Africa. Annual Review of Anthropology, 33, 271–296.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Chauhan, P. R. (2010). Core-and-flake assemblages in India. In C. J. Norton, D. Braun (Eds.), Asian paleoanthropology: from Africa to China and beyond. Vertebrate paleobiology and paleoanthropology series. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer (in press).Google Scholar
  4. Dennell, R. W. (2001) From Sangiran to Olduvai, 1937–1960: The quest for “centres” of hominid origins in Asia and Africa. In R. Corbey, W. Roebroeks (Eds.), Studying human origins: Disciplinary history and epistemology (pp. 45–66). Amsterdam: University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Dennell, R. (2003). Dispersal and colonization, long and short chronologies: How continuous is the Early Pleistocene record for hominids outside East Africa? Journal of Human Evolution, 45, 421–440.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Dennell, R. (2004). Hominid dispersals and Asian biogeography during the Lower and early Middle Pleistocene, c. 2.0–0.5 Mya. Asian Perspectives, 43, 205–226.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Dennell, R. (2009). The Palaeolithic settlement of Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  8. Dennell, R. W., & Roebroeks, W. (2005). An Asian perspective on early human dispersal from Africa. Nature, 438, 1099–1104.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Fort, M. (1996). Late Cenozoic environmental changes and uplift on the northern side of the central Himalaya: a reappraisal from field data. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 120, 123–145.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Frost, S. R., Marcus, L. F., Bookstein, F. L., Reddy, D. P., & Delson, E. (2003). Cranial allometry, phylogeography, and systematics of large-bodied Papionins (Primates: Cercopithecinae) inferred from geometric morphometric analysis of landmark data. The Anatomical Record Part A, 275(2), 1048–1072.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Gabunia, L., Anton, S. C., Lordkipanidze, D., Vekua, A., Justus, A., & Swisher, C. C. (2001). Dmanisi and dispersal. Evolutionary Anthropology, 10, 158–170.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Glantz, M. M. (2010) The history of hominin occupation of Central Asia in review. In C. J. Norton, D. Braun (Eds.), Asian paleoanthropology: From Africa to China and beyond. Vertebrate paleobiology and paleoanthropology series. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer (in press).Google Scholar
  13. Harvati, K. (2001) The Neanderthal problem: 3-D geometric morphometric models of cranial shape variation within and among species. Ph.D. Dissertation, City University of New York.Google Scholar
  14. Hyodo, M., Watanabe, N., Sunata, W., Susanto, E. E., & Wahyono, H. (1993). Magnetostratigraphy of hominid fossil bearing formations in Sangiran and Mojokerto, Java. Anthropological Science, 101(2), 157–186.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Hyodo, M., Nakaya, H., Urabe, A., Saegusa, H., Xue, S. R., Yin, Y. Y., et al. (2002). Paleomagnetic dates of hominid remains from Yuanmou, China and other Asian sites. Journal of Human Evolution, 43, 27–41.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Larick, R., Ciochon, R. L., Zaim, Y., Sudijono, S., Rizal, Y., Aziz, F., et al. (2001). Early Pleistocene 40Ar/39Ar ages for Bapang Formation hominins, Central Jawa, Indonesia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 98, 4866–4871.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Lycett, S. J. (2007). Why is there a lack of Mode 3 Levallois technologies in East Asia? A phylogenetic test of the Movius-Schick hypothesis. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 26, 541–575.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Lycett, S. J., & Norton, C. J. (2010). A demographic model for Palaeolithic technological evolution: the case of East Asia and the Movius Line. Quaternary International, 211, 55–65.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. McNulty, K. P. (2003). Geometric morphometric analyses of extant and fossil hominoid craniofacial morphology. Ph.D. Dissertation, City University of New York.Google Scholar
  20. Movius, H. L. (1948). The Lower Paleolithic cultures of southern and eastern Asia. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 38, 329–420.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Norton, C. J. (2000). The current state of Korean paleoanthropology. Journal of Human Evolution, 38, 803–825.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Norton, C. J., & Bae, K.D. (2009). Erratum to “The Movius Line sensu lato (Norton et al. 2006) further assessed and defined” J. H. Evol. 55 (2008) 1148–1150. Journal of Human Evolution, 57, 331–334.Google Scholar
  23. Norton, C. J., & Jin, J. (2009). The evolution of modern humans in East Asia: Behavioral perspectives. Evolutionary Anthropology, 18, 247–260.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Norton, C. J., & Jin, J. (2010). Hominin morphological and behavioral variation in eastern Asia and Australasia: Current perspectives. Quaternary International, 211, 1–3.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Norton, C. J., Bae, K. D., Harris, J. W. K., & Lee, H. Y. (2006). Middle Pleistocene handaxes from the Korean Peninsula. Journal of Human Evolution, 51, 527–536.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Petraglia, M.D., & Shipton, C. (2009). Erratum to “Large cutting tool variation west and east of the Movius Line” J. H. Evol. 55 (2008) 962–966. Journal of Human Evolution, 57, 326–330.Google Scholar
  27. Schick, K. D. (1994). The Movius Line reconsidered: Perspectives on the Earlier Paleolithic of Eastern Asia. In R. Corruchini & S. Ciochon (Eds.), Integrative Paths to the Past: Paleoanthropological Advances in Honor of F (pp. 569–594). New Jersey: Clark Howell. Prentice Hall.Google Scholar
  28. Swisher, C. C. III, Curtis, G. H., Jacob T., Getty, A. G., Suprijo A., & Widiasmoro (1994). Age of the earliest known hominids in Java, Indonesia. Science, 263, 1118–1121.Google Scholar
  29. Wolpoff, M. H., Wu, X. Z., & Thorne, A. G. (1984). Modern Homo sapiens origins: A general theory of hominid evolution involving the fossil evidence from East Asia. In F. H. Smith & F. Spencer (Eds.), The Origins of Modern Humans (pp. 411–484). New York: Liss.Google Scholar
  30. Zhu, R. X., An, Z. S., Potts, R., & Hoffman, K. A. (2003). Magnetostratigraphic dating of early humans in China. Earth-Science Reviews, 61, 341–359.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Zhu, R. X., Potts, R., Xie, F., Hoffman, K. A., Deng, C. L., Shi, C. D., et al. (2004). New evidence on the earliest human presence at high northern latitudes in northeast Asia. Nature, 431, 559–562.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. Zhu, R. X., Potts, R., Pan, Y. X., Yao, H. T., Lu, L. Q., Zhao, X., et al. (2008). Early evidence of the genus Homo in East Asia. Journal of Human Evolution, 55, 1075–1085.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

Personalised recommendations