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African Biogeography, Climate Change, and Human Evolution : The Human Evolution Series - Timothy G. Bromage

African Biogeography, Climate Change, and Human Evolution

The Human Evolution Series

By: Timothy G. Bromage (Editor), Friedemann Schrenk (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780195114379
Number Of Pages: 496

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This interdisciplinary book interprets early human evolution in the context of the local ecology and specific habitats. It assesses carefully the possible role of climate change in driving early human evolution. Bringing an ecological and biogeographic perspective to recent fossil finds, the book provides a new synthesis of ideas on hominid evolution. It will be a valuable resource for researchers in physical, biological, or paleoanthropology, evolutionary biology or biogeography.

"This volume on paleoantropology is a welcome departure from the traditional focus on the morphology, taxonomy, and phylogeny of early hominids. It is the result of a Wenner-Gren symposium organized to better understand early hominids within an ecological and adaptive framework. . . .The editors are to be congratulated for deomonstrating the value of bringing togeter a wide variety of specialists, including geologists, ecologists, paleontologists, evolutionary theorists and hominid systematists." -- The Quarterly Review of Biology "This book is an honest attempt to pool the available information and to identify areas where the data are still insufficient." The Holocene

List of Contributors Timothy G. Bromage and Friedemann Schrenk: Searching for an Interdisciplinary Convergence in Paleoanthropology Part I. Theory 1: Yves Coppens: Introduction 2: Elisabeth S. Vrba: Habitat Theory in Relation to the Evolution in African Neogene Biota and Hominids 3: Frederick S. Szalay: Paleontology and Macroevolution: On the Theoretical Conflict between an Expanded Synthesis and Hierarchic Punctuationism 4: Jeffrey K. McKee: The Autocatalytic Nature of Hominid Evolution in African Plio-Pleistocene Environments 5: Michael L. Rosenzweig: In Search of Paleohominid Community Ecology 6: Alan Turner: Evolution in the African Plio-Pleistocene Mammalian Fauna: Correlation and Causation Part II. Geology, Ecology, and Biogeography 7: Jonathan Kingdon: Introduction 8: George H. Denton: Cenozoic Climate Change 9: Eileen M. O'Brien and Charles R. Peters: Landforms, Climate, Ecogeographic Mosaics, and the Potential for Hominine Diversity in Pliocene Africa 10: Norman Owen-Smith: Ecological Links between African Savanna Environments, Climate Change, and Early Hominid Evolution 11: Peter Grubb: Evolutionary Processes Implicit in Distribution Patterns of Modern African Mammals Part III. Fossil Faunas 12: F. Clark Howell: Introduction 13: Brenda R. Benefit: Biogeography, Dietary Specialization, and the Diversification of African Plio-Pleistocene Monkeys 14: Raymond L. Bernor and Miranda Armour-Chelu: Toward an Evolutionary History of African Hipparionine Horses 15: Laura C. Bishop: Suid Paleoecology and Habitat Preferences at African Pliocene and Pleistocene Hominid Localities 16: Christiane Denys: Of Mice and Men: Evolution in East and South Africa during Plio-Pleistocene Times 17: Peter Grubb et al.: Relationships between East and South African Mammal Faunas Part IV. Hominid Evolution 18: Meave Leakey: Introduction 19: Craig S. Feibel: Basin Evolution, Sedimentary Dynamics, and Hominid Habitats in East Africa: An Ecosystem Approach 20: Peter Andrews and Louise Humphrey: African Miocene Environments and the Transition to Early Hominines 21: Nancy E. Sikes: Plio-Pleistocene Floral Context and Habitat Preferences of Sympatric Hominid Species in East Africa 22: Mark Collard and Bernard Wood: Grades among the African Early Hominids 23: Robert Foley: Evolutionary Geography of Pliocene African Hominids 24: Fernando Ramirez Rozzi, Christopher Walker, and Timothy Bromage: Early Hominid Dental Development and Climate Change 25: Timothy G. Bromage: Habitat Specificity and Early Hominid Craniodental Ecomorphology Alan Turner et al.: Appendix: A Locality-based Listing of African Plio-Pleistocene Mammals Glossary References Cited Taxon Index Subject Index

ISBN: 9780195114379
ISBN-10: 019511437X
Series: The Human Evolution Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 18.42  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.06