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For more than a century, scientists have returned time and again to the issue of modern human emergence-the when and where of the evolutionary process and the human behavioral and biological dynamics involved. The 2003 discovery of a human partial skeleton at Tianyuandong (Tianyuan Cave) excited worldwide interest. The first human skeleton from the region to be directly radiocarbon-dated (to 40,000 years before present), its geological age places it close to the time period during which modern humans became permanently established across the Old World (between 50,000 and 35,000 years ago). Through detailed description and interpretation of the most complete early modern human skeleton from eastern Asia, The Early Modern Human from Tianyan Cave, China, addresses long-term questions about the ancestry of modern humans in eastern Asia and the nature of the changes in human behavior with the emergence of modern human biology. This book is a detailed, paleontological and paleobiological presentation of this skeleton, its context, and its implications. By providing basic information for this important human fossil, offering inferences concerning the population processes involved in modern human emergence in eastern Eurasia, and by raising questions concerning the adaptations of these early modern human hunter-gatherers, The Early Modern Human from Tianyuan Cave, China will take its place as a core contribution to the study of modern human emergence.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Chapter 1 Introduction
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Chapter 2 Tianyuandong: The Cave, Its Context,and Its Contents
  2. pp. 4-15
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  1. Chapter 3 Preservation of the Tianyuan 1Human Fossil Remains
  2. pp. 16-27
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  1. Chapter 4 Comparative Materials and Methods
  2. pp. 28-40
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  1. Chapter 5 The Tianyuan 1 Dentition
  2. pp. 41-53
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  1. Chapter 6 The Tianyuan 1 Mandible
  2. pp. 54-73
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  1. Chapter 7 Body Size and Body Proportionsof Tianyuan 1
  2. pp. 74-87
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  1. Chapter 8 The Tianyuan 1 Axial Remains
  2. pp. 86-95
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  1. C h a p t e r 9The Tianyuan 1 Upper Limb Remains
  2. pp. 96-131
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  1. Chapter 10 The Tianyuan 1 Lower Limb Remains
  2. pp. 132-166
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  1. Chapter 11 Sex and Age-at-Death of Tianyuan 1
  2. pp. 167-170
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  1. Chapter 12 Paleopathology of theTianyuan 1 Partial Skeleton
  2. pp. 171-189
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  1. Chapter 13 Paleoanthropological Implications of theTianyuan 1 Human Remains
  2. pp. 190-204
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  1. Appendix 1: Taphonomy of the Human Remains from Tianyuandong
  2. pp. 205-210
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  1. Appendix 2 Isotopic Analysis of Tianyuan 1 and Associated Faunal Remains
  2. pp. 211-216
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  1. References
  2. pp. 217-239
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-247
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781603442459
Print ISBN
9781603441773
MARC Record
OCLC
680622503
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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