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Primate and Human Evolution

Primate and Human Evolution

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Date Published: May 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521829427

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  • Primate and Human Evolution provides a synthesis of the evolution and adaptive significance of human anatomical, physiological and behavioral traits. Using paleontology and modern human variation and biology, it compares hominid traits to those of other catarrhine primates both living and extinct, presenting a new hominization model that does not depend solely on global climate change, but on predictable trends observed in catarrhines. Dealing with the origins of hominid tool use and tool manufacture, it compares tool behavior in other animals and incorporates information from the earliest archaeological record. Examining the use of non-human primates and other mammals in modeling the origins of early human social behavior, Susan Cachel argues that human intelligence does not arise from complex social interactions, but from attentiveness to the natural world. This book will be a rich source of inspiration for all those interested in the evolution of all primates, including ourselves.

    • Presents new model of human origins that does not depend solely on global climatic change
    • Deals with origins of tool use and manufacture, and argues that human intelligence is based on attentiveness to the natural world and the ability to predict and manipulate events in the non-social world
    • Provides a review of changing ideas about human evolution over the past 150 years using both fossil and genetic evidence
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    "In sum, Cachel's volume has a lot to say on a wide variety of topics. It is a well-written volume with a different voice concerning the hominization process. It tries mightily to bend data and principles, based on primates, to understand the process of human evolution... [it] is a worthwhile purchase, which allows each of us to reconsider our own views covering these many and varied topics."
    Daniel L Gebo, American Journal of Human Biology

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    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521829427
    • length: 488 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 80 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. A brief history of primatology and human evolution
    3. The catarrhine fossil record
    4. Primate speciation and exstinction
    5. Anatomical primatology
    6. Captive studies of non-human primates
    7. What can non-human primate anatomy, physiology, and development reveal about human evolution?
    8. Natural history intelligence and human evolution
    9. Why be social? - the advantages and disadvantages of social life
    10. Evolution and behaviour
    11. The implications of body size for evolutionary ecology
    12. The nature of the fossil record
    13. The bipedal breakthrough
    14. The hominid radiation
    15. Modelling human evolution
    16. Archaeological evidence and models of human evolution
    17. What does evolutionary anthropology reveal about human evolution?
    18. Final thoughts on primate and human evolution.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Human Evolution
  • Author

    Susan Cachel, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Susan Cachel is Associate Professor of Physical Anthropology at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She is a member of the Rutgers Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, and is an instructor and researcher at the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya.

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