Seasonality in Primates

Author: Diane K. Brockman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521820691
Format: PDF
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First published in 2005, this book explores how seasonal variation in resource abundance might have driven primate and human evolution.

The Primate Origins of Human Nature

Author: Carel P. Van Schaik
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119118190
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Primate Origins of Human Nature (Volume 3 in The Foundations of Human Biology series) blends several elements from evolutionary biology as applied to primate behavioral ecology and primate psychology, classical physical anthropology and evolutionary psychology of humans. However, unlike similar books, it strives to define the human species relative to our living and extinct relatives, and thus highlights uniquely derived human features. The book features a truly multi-disciplinary, multi-theory, and comparative species approach to subjects not usually presented in textbooks focused on humans, such as the evolution of culture, life history, parenting, and social organization.

Chimpanzees and Human Evolution

Author: Martin N. Muller
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 067496795X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Knowledge of wild chimpanzees has expanded dramatically. This volume, edited by Martin Muller, Richard Wrangham, and David Pilbeam, brings together scientists who are leading a revolution to discover and explain human uniqueness, by studying our closest living relatives. Their conclusions may transform our understanding of human evolution.

Infanticide by Males and Its Implications

Author: Carel P. van Schaik
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521774987
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Analysis of impact of infanticide on social organization and reproductive behavior in primates including humans.


Author: Frances D. Burton
Format: PDF, Docs
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Fire and light, and their impacts on our earliest human ancestor, are the subjects of this innovative study of the development of the species.

Understanding Climate s Influence on Human Evolution

Author: Committee on the Earth system Context for Hominin Evolution
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309148383
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The hominin fossil record documents a history of critical evolutionary events that have ultimately shaped and defined what it means to be human, including the origins of bipedalism; the emergence of our genus Homo; the first use of stone tools; increases in brain size; and the emergence of Homo sapiens, tools, and culture. The Earth's geological record suggests that some evolutionary events were coincident with substantial changes in African and Eurasian climate, raising the possibility that critical junctures in human evolution and behavioral development may have been affected by the environmental characteristics of the areas where hominins evolved. Understanding Climate's Change on Human Evolution explores the opportunities of using scientific research to improve our understanding of how climate may have helped shape our species. Improved climate records for specific regions will be required before it is possible to evaluate how critical resources for hominins, especially water and vegetation, would have been distributed on the landscape during key intervals of hominin history. Existing records contain substantial temporal gaps. The book's initiatives are presented in two major research themes: first, determining the impacts of climate change and climate variability on human evolution and dispersal; and second, integrating climate modeling, environmental records, and biotic responses. Understanding Climate's Change on Human Evolution suggests a new scientific program for international climate and human evolution studies that involve an exploration initiative to locate new fossil sites and to broaden the geographic and temporal sampling of the fossil and archeological record; a comprehensive and integrative scientific drilling program in lakes, lake bed outcrops, and ocean basins surrounding the regions where hominins evolved and a major investment in climate modeling experiments for key time intervals and regions that are critical to understanding human evolution.

Stone Tools in Human Evolution

Author: John J. Shea
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107123097
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An exploration of how the evolution of behavioral differences between humans and other primates affected the archaeological stone tool evidence.