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This new volume allows us to add key new discoveries and new researchers of the past 25 years. Critical fossil evidence (such as the Herto early modern remains from Ethiopia, the Oase early modern human remains from Romania, the Lagar Velho "hybrid" child from Portugal) were not available in 1984, and they, along with a much better chronological framework, provide a much clearer pattern of modern human origins. Genetic evidence including evolutionary inferences drawn from assesments of modern humans and large segments of the genome of the Neanderthal will be added to original theories, testing the robusticity of models developed in 1984. New theories and interpretations, such as the impact of digital imagery and more sophisticated morphometrics, have entered the analytical fray since 1984. The inclusion of younger scholars, who have used these techniques (and others) will enhance the coverage of this last great transition in human evolution greatly.
Fred Smith is Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Illinois State University and a past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropology. A noted authority on neanderthal and early modern human evolution, Dr. Smith has a 40 year record of thought-leading publications.
Jim Ahern is Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Ahern's research has covered many aspects of human biological and biocultural evolution, ranging from work on the origin of the hominin lineage to the peopling of the Americas.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Thoughts on Modern Human Origins: From 1984 to 2012 Fred H. Smith and James C. M. Ahern
1 Africa: The Cradle of Modern People Osbjorn M. Pearson
2 Crossroads of the Old World: Late Hominin Evolution in Western Asia Robert G. Franciscus and Trenton W. Holliday
3 A River Runs through It: Modern Human Origins in East Asia Karen R. Rosenberg and Xinzhi Wu
4 Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Australians Arthur C. Durband and Michael C. Westaway
5 Modern Human Origins in Central Europe James C. M. Ahern, Ivor Jankoviæ, Jean-Luc Voisin, and Fred H. Smith
6 The Makers of the Early Upper Paleolithic in Western Eurasia Jean-Jacques Hublin
7 Neandertal Craniofacial Growth and Development and Its Relevance for Modern Human Origins Frank L’Engle Williams
8 Energetics and the Origin of Modern Humans Andrew W. Froehle, Todd R. Yokley, and Steven E. Churchill
9 Understanding Human Cranial Variation in Light of Modern Human Origins John H. Relethford
10 The Relevance of Archaic Genomes to Modern Human Origins John Hawks and Zach Throckmorton
11 The Process of Modern Human Origins: The Evolutionary and Demographic Changes Giving Rise to Modern Humans Rachel Caspari and Milford H. Wolpoff
12 The Paleobiology of Modern Human Emergence Erik Trinkaus