Humanity from African Naissance to Coming Millennia

Written by: edited by Phillip V. Tobias, Michael A. Raath, Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi, and Gerald A. Doyle

Students of anthropology and human evolution may find some great reference materials from this free online human anthropology text offered by the Firenze University Press. Published in 2001, it includes 39 ‘refereed papers’ from the 1998 dual Congress of the International Association for the Study of Human Palaeontology and the International Association of Human Biologists which was held at Sun City (South Africa). The text was put together by Phillip V. Tobias, Michael A. Raath, Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi, and Gerald A. Doyle.

Each of the human anthropology research papers presented are offered in English. They were written by Congress participants from around the world and include a complete set of references for each paper – making this an even more valuable resource for students. I also noticed while scanning through the text that in at least one case the editors/authors posted a note where later discoveries/theories further validated the findings of the authors. It appears that Firenze did not include Part 1: Human Biology or the 2 indices in the PDF file (it starts at page 91, ends at 384 and the TOC is in a separate file) though the text seems otherwise complete. I’ve included it in the table of contents just in case they decide to add it later. Please note that while the majority of the Firenze website is written in Italian, students should easily be able to navigate to the PDF files associated with this text. (hint, hint, click on the big open lock)

Table of Contents & Human Anthropology Topics

Foreword – C. K. Brain
Preface – P. V. Tobias
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Phillip V. Tobias – Conversion in Palaeo-Anthropology: The Role of Robert Broom, Sterkfontein and other Factors in Australopithecine Acceptance. (8th Robert Broom Memorial Lecture)

Part 1. Human biology

Tatyana I. Alexeeva – Anthropo-ecological Investigation of Central Asia.
Janusz Piontek – Culture as a Human Adaptive System: Human Ecology and Culture
Daniel W. Sellen – Relationships Between Fertility, Mortality and Subsistence: Results of Recent Phylogenetic Analyses
Napoleon Wolanski – How Human Populations Adapt: Their Niches in Time and Space
Anna Siniarska and N. Wolanski – The Family as the Environment of Human Development

Part 2. Emerging Homo

Susan C. Antón, Fachroel Aziz and Yahdi Zaim – Plio-Pleistocene Homo: Patterns and Determinants of Dispersal
Michel Brunet – Chadian Australopithecines: Biochronology and Environmental Context
Frederick E. Grine – Implications of Morphological Diversity in Early Homo Crania from Eastern and Southern Africa.
Giorgio Manzi – The Earliest Diffusion of the Genus Homo Toward Asia and Europe: A Brief Overview
Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi – Patterns of Dental Development of Australopithecus africanus, with Some Inferences on Their Evolution with the Origin of the Genus Homo.
G. Philip Rightmire – Morphological Diversity in Middle Pleistocene Homo
Bernard Wood and Mark Collard – Evolving Interpretations of Homo

Part 3. Evolving Homo

Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel and Juan-Luis Arsuaga – Probable Catastrophic Mortality of the Atapuerca (SH) and Krapina Hominid Samples
Jan Jelínek – Some Innovations and Continuity in the Behaviour of European Middle and Late Pleistocene Hominids
Kenneth A.R. Kennedy – Middle and Late Pleistocene Hominids of South Asia
Carlo Peretto – The Oldest Human Population in Europe: ‘Long’ or ‘Short’ Chronologies

Part 4. Early modern humans

Günter Bräuer – The ‘Out-of-Africa’ Model and the Question of Regional Continuity
Günter Bräuer – The KNM-ER 3884 Hominid and the Emergence of Modern Anatomy in Africa
Philip G. Chase – ‘Symbolism’ is Two Different Phenomena: Implications for Archaeology and Paleontology
Hilary J. Deacon – Modern Human Emergence: an African Archaeological Perspective
Virendra N. Misra – Archaeological Evidence of Early Modern Human Occupation in South Asia
G. Philip Rightmire – Diversity in the Earliest ‘Modern’ Populations From South Africa, Northern Africa and Southwest Asia

Part 5. Dating

Richard G. Roberts and Rhys Jones – Chronologies of Carbon and of Silica: Evidence Concerning the Dating of the Earliest Human Presence in Northern Australia
Henry P. Schwarcz – Dating Bones and Teeth: The Beautiful and the Dangerous Guanjun Shen – Current Status and Prospects for Dating Fossil Hominid Sites in China
John C. Vogel – Radiometric Dates for the Middle Stone Age in South Africa

Part 6. Taxonomy and systematics

Camilo J. Cela-Conde – Hominid Taxon and Systematics of the Hominoidea
Morris Goodman, John Czelusniak, Scott Page and Carla M. Meireles – Where DNA Sequences Place Homo sapiens in a Phylogenetic Classification of Primates
Colin P. Groves – Towards a Taxonomy of the Hominidae
Naoyuki Takahata – Molecular Phylogeny and Demographic History of Humans
Elizabeth E. Watson, Simon Easteal and David Penny – Homo Genus: a Review of the Classification of Humans and the Great Apes

Part 7. Diet

Julia Lee-Thorp and Andrew Sillen – Chemical Signals in Fossils Offer New Opportunities for Assessing and Comparing Dietary Niches of South African Hominids
John Parkington – Milestones: the Impact of the Systematic Exploitation of Marine Foods on Human Evolution
Peter S. Ungar and Mark Teaford – The Dietary Split Between Apes and the Earliest Human Ancestors.

Part 8. Brain

Francisco Aboitiz – Size and Complexity of the Brain in Human Evolution
Sergio U. Dani – Neural Aspects of Aging, Longevity and Expectation of Life
Ralph L. Holloway, D.C. Broadfield and M.S. Yuan – The Parietal Lobe in Early Hominid Evolution: Newer Evidence from Chimpanzee Brains.
Harry J. Jerison – Adaptation and Preadaptation in Hominid Evolution
Christoph P. E. Zollikofer and Marcia S. Ponce De León – The Brain and its Case: Computer-based Case Studies on the Relation Between Software and Hardware in Living and Fossil Hominid Skulls
Subject Index (missing)
Author Index (missing)

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