The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins

Edition: 2nd
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1999-06-01
Publisher(s): Univ of Chicago Pr
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Described as "by far the best book of its kind" (Henry McHenry, Evolution) and "the best introduction to the problems and data of modern palaeoanthropology yet published" (R. A. Foley, Antiquity), The Human Career has proved to be an indispensable tool in teaching human origins since its publication in 1989. This substantially revised edition retains Richard Klein's innovative approach and incorporates new findings from the past decade.

The Human Career chronicles the evolution of people from the earliest primates through the emergence of fully modern humans within the past 200,000 years. Its comprehensive treatment stresses recent advances in knowledge, including, for example, ever more abundant evidence that fully modern humans originated in Africa and spread from there, replacing the Neanderthals in Europe and equally archaic people in Asia. With its coverage of both the fossil record and the archeological record over the 2.5 million years for which both are available, Klein emphasizes that human morphology and behavior evolved together. Throughout the text, Klein presents evidence for alternative points of view, but also does not hesitate to take a position.

In addition to outlining the broad pattern of human evolution, The Human Career details the kinds of data that support this pattern, including information on archeological sites, artifacts, fossils, and methods for establishing dates in geological time. With abundant references and hundreds of illustrations, charts, and diagrams, this new edition is unparalleled in its usefulness for teaching human evolution.

Author Biography

Richard G. Klein is professor of anthropology and human biology at Stanford University. His books include Ice-Age Hunters of the Ukraine and (with Kathryn Cruz-Uribe) The Analysis of Animal Bones from Archeological Sites, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface to the Second Edition xv
Preface to the First Edition xvii
Evolution, Classification, and Nomenclature
The Geologic Time Frame
Primate Evolution: Late Cretaceous to Late Miocene
The Australopithecines and Homo habilis
Evolution of the Genus Homo
The Neanderthals and Their Contemporaries
Anatomically Modern Humans
Conclusion: Anatomy, Behavior, and Modern Human Origins
References 597(148)
Reference Index 745(22)
Site Index 767(12)
Subject Index 779

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