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Reassessing Paleolithic Subsistence : The Neandertal and Modern Human Foragers of Saint-Cesaire - Eugene Morin

Reassessing Paleolithic Subsistence

The Neandertal and Modern Human Foragers of Saint-Cesaire


Published: 19th March 2012
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The contribution of Neandertals to the biological and cultural emergence of early modern humans remains highly debated in anthropology. Particularly controversial is the long-held view that Neandertals in Western Europe were replaced 30,000 to 40,000 years ago by early modern humans expanding out of Africa. This book contributes to this debate by exploring the diets and foraging patterns of both Neandertals and early modern humans. Eugène Morin examines the faunal remains from Saint-Césaire in France, which contains an exceptionally long and detailed chronological sequence, as well as genetic, anatomical, and other archaeological evidence to shed new light on the problem of modern human origins.

'The overwhelming strength of Morin's book is that it takes a rather niche topic, subsistence practices in a limited area of Western Europe, and effectively addresses a significant archaeological question within a much larger regional framework, using methods that are applicable to other time periods and locations ... an extremely important contribution and excellent model for future analysts studying the region.' Britt M. Starkovich, Current Anthropology

The research problem
Human origins and the problem of Neandertals
Foraging theory and the archaeological record
Saint Césaire
The fauna
Transport decisions and currency analysis
Testing the hypotheses
Diet breadth at the regional level
An alternative look at the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition
Concluding thoughts
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ISBN: 9781107023277
ISBN-10: 1107023270
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 19th March 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.86