The Evolution of Modern Human Diversity: A Study of Cranial Variation

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Cambridge University Press, May 30, 1996 - Science - 416 pages
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Exactly how modern humans evolved is a subject of intense debate. This book deals with the evolution of modern humans from an archaic ancestor and the differentiation of modern populations from each other. The first section of the book investigates whether modern populations arose from regional archaic hominid groups that were already different from each other, and argues that in fact, most lines of evidence support a single, recent origin of modern humans in Africa. Dr. Lahr then goes on to examine ways in which this diversification could have occurred, given what we know from fossils, archaeological remains and the relationships of existing populations today.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
The modern human origins debate
13
Multiregional evolution as the source of modern human
41
The regional expression of the East Asian
71
Temporal distribution of the regional continuity
116
The independence of expression of the regional
155
Multiregional evolution as the source of recent
185
The evolution of modern human cranial diversity
201
Morphological differentiation from a single
227
Geographical differentiation from a single ancestral
265
Reconstructing population histories
278
Final conclusions
332
Appendixes
341
References
357
Fossil and site index
402
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