Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iv-xxx
  2. Principles, Methods and Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-16
    2. Philippe Huneman
      Pages 57-102
    3. Kaila E. Folinsbee, David C. Evans, Jörg Fröbisch, Linda A. Tsuji, Daniel R. Brooks
      Pages 167-215
    4. Gisela Grupe
      Pages 241-259
    5. Miriam N. Haidle
      Pages 261-287
    6. Günther A. Wagner
      Pages 311-337
    7. Keith Alverson
      Pages 357-381
    8. Gregory Retallack
      Pages 383-408
    9. Klaus-Dieter Jäger
      Pages 409-419
    10. Thorolf Hardt, Britta Hardt, Peter R. Menke
      Pages 503-554
    11. Matt Sponheimer, Julia Lee-Thorp
      Pages 555-585
    12. John H. Relethford
      Pages 621-641
    13. Susanne Hummel
      Pages 643-671
    14. Janet Monge, Alan Mann
      Pages 673-700
    15. R. W. Sussman, Donna Hart
      Pages 702-721
    16. Bernard Comrie
      Pages 747-767
    17. Gabriele A. Macho
      Pages 769-785
    18. Jean-Jacques Hublin
      Pages 815-829
  3. Primate Evolution and Human Origins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-7
    2. Mary T. Silcox, Eric J. Sargis, Jonathan I. Bloch, Doug M. Boyer
      Pages 831-859
    3. David R. Begun
      Pages 921-977
    4. Alan Bilsborough, Todd C. Rae
      Pages 1031-1105
    5. Mark F. Teaford, Peter S. Ungar
      Pages 1107-1132
    6. Dean Falk
      Pages 1133-1162
    7. Elke Zimmermann, Ute Radespiel
      Pages 1163-1205
    8. Joanna E. Lambert
      Pages 1207-1234
    9. Angela Meder
      Pages 1235-1271
    10. Richard W. Byrne
      Pages 1273-1293
    11. Nicholas E. Newton-Fisher
      Pages 1295-1320
    12. Charlotte K. Hemelrijk, Jutta Steinhauser
      Pages 1321-1346
  4. Phylogeny of Hominids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-12
    2. George D. Koufos
      Pages 1347-1377
    3. Jeffrey H. Schwartz
      Pages 1379-1408

About this book


Paleoanthropology is perhaps the most multidisciplinary of all the sciences. Any complete account of the evolution and cultural and biological context of Homo sapiens must combine information from geology, paleoecology, primatology, evolutionary biology and a host of other fields. Above all, historical information needs to be combined with, and interpreted in the light of, what we know of the living world. Paleoanthropology is also an actively developing field in which much remains to be settled. The three volumes of this handbook bring together contributions by the world´s leading specialists that reflect the broad spectrum of modern paleoanthropology, thus presenting an indispensable resource for both professionals and students alike.

Volume 1 deals with principles, methods, and approaches. In recent years, enormous advances have been made in such areas as phylogenetic analysis, paleoecology and evolutionary theory and philosophy. The contributions in this first volume present the state of the art in these fields, provide succinct introductions to them and reflect the many ways in which they interact.

As human beings are primates, Volume 2 is devoted to primate origins, evolution, behaviour, and adaptive variety. Its emphasis is on integration of fossil data with the vast amount that is now known of the behaviour and ecology of living primates in natural environments.

Volume 3 deals with the fossil and molecular evidence for the evolution of Homo sapiens and its fossil relatives (the family Hominidae or subfamily Homininae, according to taste, a matter that we have left to the individual contributors).


Fossils and Molecular Biology Human Evolution Palaeoanthropology Primate Evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Winfried Henke
    • 1
  • Ian Tattersall
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Anthropologie (1050) Fachbereich 10 - BiologieJohannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Division of AnthropologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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