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The Evolution of Homo Erectus : Comparative Anatomical Studies of an Extinct Human Species - G. Philip Rightmire

The Evolution of Homo Erectus

Comparative Anatomical Studies of an Extinct Human Species

Paperback Published: 25th October 1993
ISBN: 9780521449984
Number Of Pages: 276

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The first discoveries of Homo erectus were made in Java late in the 19th century. Since then many fossils have come to light in Africa as well as Asia. Homo erectus seems to have evolved in Africa before spreading to other regions of the Old World. This occurred over a long period of time, during which the populations changed relatively little. Only towards the close of the middle Pleistocene are there signs of change in evolutionary tempo leading to the appearance of more advanced humans. This book provides a wealth of information about individual crania, jaws and postcranial remains and will serve as an important guide to the anatomy of Homo erectus. It also documents the history of this extinct human species and suggests a route whereby Homo erectus may have given rise to people more like Homo sapiens.

' ... an impressive and important book.' Science ' ... a book that every professional in the field and every aspiring postgraduate student will want to have in their libraries.' The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... calm, assured and competent.' Nature

Preface
Introduction
Homo erectus in the Far East
Homo erectus at Olduvai Gorge
Discoveries from the Turkana basin and other localities in sub-Saharan Africa
Northwest Africa
Comparisons of African hominids with Asian Homo erectus
Homo erectus as a paleospecies
The transition to more modern forms
Summary and prospects for further research
References
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521449984
ISBN-10: 0521449987
Series: Comparative Anatomical Studies of an Extinct Human Species
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 25th October 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.39