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Stone Tools and Fossil Bones
Debates in the Archaeology of Human Origins


Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, Charles P. Egeland, Karen D. Lupo, Travis Rayne Pickering, Henry T. Bunn, Susana Carvalho, William McGrew, David R. Braun, Fernando Diez-Martín, Felipe Cuartero, Policarpo Sánchez Yustos, Javier Baena, Daniel Rubio, Metin I. Eren
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  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107022928

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  • The stone tools and fossil bones from the earliest archaeological sites in Africa have been used over the past fifty years to create models that interpret how early hominins lived, foraged, behaved and communicated and how early and modern humans evolved. In this book, an international team of archaeologists and primatologists examines early Stone Age tools and bones and uses scientific methods to test alternative hypotheses that explain the archaeological record. By focusing on both lithics and faunal records, this volume presents the most holistic view to date of the archaeology of human origins.

    • Shows opposite views on some of the most important debates in human evolution
    • Provides a theoretical basis for viewing these debates from a scientific approach
    • Contains an updated summary of what we know from the study of stone tools and the fossil bones that integrate early archaeological sites
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    'This volume has a good feel to it - a handsome compact book about the early archaeology of human evolution, all in one … This collection is stimulating in reflecting a strong hand, but also showing a plurality of contributions and opinions.' John Gowlett, Journal of African Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107022928
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 1 map 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Towards a scientific-realistic theory on the origin of human behavior Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo
    Part I. On the Use of Analogy I: The Earliest Meat-Eaters:
    2. Conceptual premises in experimental design and their bearing on the use of analogy: a critical example from experiments on cut marks Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo
    3. The use of bone surface modifications to model hominid lifeways during the Oldowan Charles P. Egeland
    4. On early hominin meat-eating and carcass acquisition strategies: still relevant after all these years? Karen D. Lupo
    5. Meat-foraging by Pleistocene African hominins: tracking behavioral evolution beyond baseline inferences of early access to carcasses Travis Rayne Pickering and Henry T. Bunn
    6. Can we use chimpanzee behavior to model early hominin hunting? Travis Rayne Pickering and Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo
    Part II. On the Use of Analogy II: The Earliest Stone Tool Makers:
    7. The origins of the Oldowan: why are chimpanzees (pan troglodytes) still good models for the technological evolution in Africa? Susana Carvalho and William McGrew
    8. What does Oldowan technology represent in terms of hominin behavior? David R. Braun
    9. Testing cognitive skills in early Pleistocene hominins: an analysis of the concepts of hierarchization and predetermination in the lithic assemblages of type section (Peninj, Tanzania) Fernando Diez-Martín, Policarpo Sánchez Yustos, Javier Baena, Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo and Daniel Rubio
    10. The early Acheulean in Africa: past paradigms, current ideas, and future directions Fernando Diez-Martin and Metin I. Eren.

  • Editor

    Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
    Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo is Co-director at the Institute of Evolution in Africa, based in Madrid, Spain, and Professor in the Department of Prehistory at the Complutense University, Madrid. He is the author of Deconstructing Olduvai and Peninj: A Research Project on Human Origins. He currently is Co-director of the Olduvai Paleoanthropology and Paleoecology project (TOPPP) at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.


    Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, Charles P. Egeland, Karen D. Lupo, Travis Rayne Pickering, Henry T. Bunn, Susana Carvalho, William McGrew, David R. Braun, Fernando Diez-Martín, Felipe Cuartero, Policarpo Sánchez Yustos, Javier Baena, Daniel Rubio, Metin I. Eren

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