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The Human Career

Human Biological and Cultural Origins

2nd ed.

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Published by University of Chicago Press in Chicago .
Written in English.

About the Book

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.

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.

About the Edition

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xiii
Preface to the Second Edition xv
Preface to the First Edition xvii
1 Evolution, Classification, and Nomenclature 1
2 The Geologic Time Frame 19
3 Primate Evolution: Late Cretaceous to Late Miocene 62
4 The Australopithecines and Homo habilis 144
5 Evolution of the Genus Homo 255
6 The Neanderthals and Their Contemporaries 367
7 Anatomically Modern Humans 494
8 Conclusion: Anatomy, Behavior, and Modern Human Origins 580
References 597
Reference Index 745
Site Index 767
Subject Index 779

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 597-744) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
599.93/8
Library of Congress
GN281 .K55 1999

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxx, 810 p. :
Number of pages
810

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL370651M
Internet Archive
humancareerhuman00klei_0
ISBN 10
0226439631
ISBN 13
9780226439631
LC Control Number
98031387
Library Thing
212951
Goodreads
763909

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