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Out of Africa I

For the first two thirds of our evolutionary history, we hominins were restricted to Africa. Dating from about two million years ago, hominin fossils first appear in Eurasia. This volume addresses many of the issues surrounding this initial hominin intercontinental dispersal. Why did hominins first leave Africa in the early Pleistocene and not earlier? What do we know about the adaptations of the hominins that dispersed - their diet, locomotor abilities, cultural abilities? Was there a single dispersal event or several? Was the hominin dispersal part of a broader faunal expansion of African mammals northward? And what route or routes did dispersing populations take?
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Part I. The African Background 1. Early Pleistocene mammals of Africa: background to dispersal. Meave Leakey and Lars Werdelin 2. Carnivoran dispersal out of Africa during the Early Pleistocene: relevance for hominins? Margaret E. Lewis and Lars Werdelin 3. Saharan corridors and their role in the evolutionary geography of `Out of Africa I'. Marta Mirazon Lahr 4. Stone Age visiting cards revisited: a strategic perspective on the lithic technology of early hominin dispersal. John J. Shea Part II. Eastern Asia 5. Behavioral and environmental background to `Out-of-Africa I' and the arrival of Homo erectus in East Asia. Richard Potts and Robin Teague 6. New archeological evidence for the earliest hominin presence in China. Ya-Mei Hou and Ling-Xia Zhao 7. Geological evidence for the earliest appearance of hominins in Indonesia. Yahdi Zaim 8. Divorcing hominins from the Stegodon-Ailuropoda fauna: new views on the antiquity of hominins in Asia. Russell L. Ciochon Part III. South Asia 9. Early Pleistocene mammalian faunas of India and evidence of connections with other parts of the world. Rajeev Patnaik and Avinash C. Nanda 10. The Indian subcontinent and `Out of Africa 1' Parth R. Chauhan 11. The Early Paleolithic of the Indian subcontinent: hominin colonization, dispersals and occupation history. Michael D. Petraglia Part IV. Europe and Western Asia 12. Early Pleistocene faunal connections between Africa and Eurasia: an ecological perspective. Miriam Belmaker 13. Early Pleistocene faunas of Eurasia and hominin dispersals Bienvenido Martinez-Navarro 14. Fossil skulls from Dmanisi: a paleodeme representing earliest Homo in Eurasia G. Philip Rightmire and David Lordkipanidze Part V. Summary, Synthesis and Future Directions 15. "Out of Africa 1": current problems and future prospects Robin Dennell 16. Summary and Prospectus John G. Fleagle and John J. Shea

About the Author

John Fleagle is Distinguished Professor of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. He has conducted paleontological field work in many parts of the world, including Argentina, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, and India. He is the author of the textbook Primate Adaptation and Evolution (1988, 1999, Elsevier), Co-Editor of the Human Evolution Sourcebook (1993, 2006, Prentice Hall) and the Editor of journal Evolutionary Anthropology.

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