Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xliii
  2. Principles, Methods, and Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Philippe Huneman
      Pages 127-175
    3. Kaila E. Folinsbee, David C. Evans, Jörg Fröbisch, Daniel R. Brooks, Linda A. Tsuji
      Pages 257-294
    4. Daniel Richter, Guenther A. Wagner
      Pages 317-350
    5. Walter Etter
      Pages 351-415
    6. Gisela Grupe, Michaela Harbeck
      Pages 417-439
    7. Gregory Retallack
      Pages 511-535
    8. John A. Van Couvering
      Pages 537-555
    9. Klaus-Dieter Jäger
      Pages 557-569
    10. Thorolf Hardt, Peter R. Menke, Britta Hardt
      Pages 571-622
    11. Janet Monge, Alan Mann
      Pages 643-670
    12. Matt Sponheimer, Julia Lee-Thorp
      Pages 671-701
    13. Jonathan Marks
      Pages 745-762
    14. Susanne Hummel
      Pages 763-790
    15. Robert W. Sussman, Donna Hart
      Pages 791-815
    16. Miriam N. Haidle
      Pages 845-871
    17. Philip Lieberman, Robert C. McCarthy
      Pages 873-920
    18. Gabriele A. Macho
      Pages 921-936
    19. Gerhard W. Weber
      Pages 937-968
    20. Michael Schultz, Tyede H. Schmidt-Schultz
      Pages 969-981
    21. Michael Schultz, Tyede H. Schmidt-Schultz
      Pages 983-998
    22. Tyede H. Schmidt-Schultz, Michael Schultz
      Pages 999-1005
    23. Stefan Schlager, Ursula Wittwer-Backofen
      Pages 1007-1034
    24. Jean-Jacques Hublin
      Pages 1035-1050
  3. Primate Evolution and Human Origins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1051-1051
    2. Mary T. Silcox, Eric J. Sargis, Jonathan I. Bloch, Doug M. Boyer
      Pages 1053-1081
    3. David R. Begun
      Pages 1261-1332
    4. Alan Bilsborough, Todd C. Rae
      Pages 1387-1464
    5. Mark F. Teaford, Peter S. Ungar
      Pages 1465-1493
    6. Dean Falk
      Pages 1495-1525
    7. Elke Zimmermann, Ute Radespiel
      Pages 1527-1592
    8. Angela Meder
      Pages 1593-1629

About this book


This extensive, three-volume handbook, intensively updated and enlarged, is a superb new resource for students, researchers, and practitioners in paleoanthropology. A baseline storehouse covering the full extent of current knowledge, the volume features an online e-reference work that will be updated with future developments in this fascinating discipline. Often cited as the most multidisciplinary of all the sciences, paleoanthropology encompasses a vast range of techniques drawn from geology, evolutionary biology, and archaeology, among many others.


Guided by an editorial team of global stature, the contributions reflect the best of today’s scholarship. Each volume covers core constituents of the subject: basic principles and methods, primate evolution and human origins, and the phylogeny of hominins. The editors have ensured that the entries uphold a key principle of paleoanthropology, requiring historical assessments to be updated with developing knowledge of the living world.

The handbook’s first volume incorporates the enormous advances made in such areas as phylogenetic analysis, paleoecology and evolutionary theory and philosophy. Volume II integrates primate fossil data with the vast amount that is now known of the behavior and ecology of living primates in natural environments. The third volume deals with the fossil and molecular evidence for the evolution of Homo sapiens and its fossil relatives. Paleoanthropology is characterized by its many live and unresolved academic debates, which are reflected in the heterogeneity of intellectual standpoints in this handbook. This planned diversity ensures that the Springer Handbook of Paleoanthropology is a multilayered, comprehensive companion of inestimable value to students, academics, and working professionals alike.


Fossils and Molecular Biology Human Evolution Paleoanthropology Primate Evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Winfried Henke
    • 1
  • Ian Tattersall
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für AnthropologieJohannes-Gutenberg UniversitätMainzGermany
  2. 2.Division of AnthropologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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