Debating Humankind's Place in Nature, 1860-2000: The Nature of Paleoanthropology

1st Edition

Richard G. Delisle

Routledge
Published January 26, 2006
Reference - 462 Pages
ISBN 9780131773905 - CAT# Y204980

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Summary

This text, the only one of its kind on the market, surveys the development of the field of human evolution from its inception through today. It provides students with a broad contrast enabling them to fully understand the value and role of current paleoanthropological research.

Features:

  • An historical approach - Establishes for students the nature of paleoanthropology through the historical development of the field from 1860 through 2000 and shows students that paleoanthropology is a remarkably progressive field..
  • A focus on the debates in the field of human evolution (especially the phylogenetic or genealogical debates)–
  • Analyzes four distinct debates, presented separately from their inception to the present: 1) Humankind's place among the primates; 2) The place of the australopithecines relative to the human line; 3) Debates on human phylogeny proper; 4) Proposed scenarios of hominization.
  • Presentation and analysis of the viewpoints of over 150 scholars - Gives students a valuable reference work for the future (includes over 1200 references in the bibliography) as well as a comprehensive text for today.

For junior/senior courses in Human Evolution and Paleoanthropology in Anthropology departments.

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