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Carleton, W. C. (Ed.). (2020). Culture history and convergent evolution: Can we detect populations in prehistory?. Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-46126-3.

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Carleton, W. Christopher1, Editor              
1Max Planck Research Group Extreme Events, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_3262629              


Free keywords: Cultural transmission, Population analysis, Convergent evolution, Primatology, Paleolithic Pleistocene, Holocene, Genetic melting pot, Tool technologies, Archaeological taxonomies
 Abstract: This volume brings together diverse contributions from leading archaeologists and paleoanthropologists, covering various spatial and temporal periods to distinguish convergent evolution from cultural transmission in order to see if we can discover ancient human populations. With a focus on lithic technology, the book analyzes ancient materials and cultures to systematically explore the theoretical and physical aspects of culture, convergence, and populations in human evolution and prehistory. The book will be of interest to academics, students and researchers in archaeology, paleoanthropology, genetics, and paleontology. The book begins by addressing early prehistory, discussing the convergent evolution of behaviors and the diverse ecological conditions driving the success of different evolutionary paths. Chapters discuss these topics and technology in the context of the Lower Paleolithic/Earlier Stone age and Middle Paleolithic/Middle Stone Age. The book then moves towards a focus on the prehistory of our species over the last 40,000 years. Topics covered include the human evolutionary and dispersal consequences of the Middle-Upper Paleolithic Transition in Western Eurasia. Readers will also learn about the cultural convergences, and divergences, that occurred during the Terminal Pleistocene and Holocene, such as the budding of human societies in the Americas. The book concludes by integrating these various perspectives and theories, and explores different methods of analysis to link technological developments and cultural convergence.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-07-242020
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 302
 Publishing info: Cham : Springer
 Table of Contents: 1. Into the Tangled Web of Culture-History and Convergent Evolution / Huw S. Groucutt (p. 1)
2. The Unity of Acheulean Culture / Ceri Shipton (p. 13)
3. Problems and Pitfalls in Understanding the Clactonian / John McNabb (p. 29)
4. Culture and Convergence: The Curious Case of the Nubian Complex / Huw S. Groucutt (p. 55)
5. Lithic Variability and Cultures in the East African Middle Stone Age / Enza Elena Spinapolice (p. 87)
6. A Matter of Space and Time: How Frequent Is Convergence in Lithic Technology in the African Archaeological Record over the Last 300 kyr? / Manuel Will and Alex Mackay (p. 103)
7. Technology and Function of Middle Stone Age Points. Insights Rock Shelter, South Africa / Katja Douze, Marina Igreja, Veerle Rots, Dries Cnuts, and Guillaume Porraz (p. 127)
8. Raw Material and Regionalization in Stone Age Eastern Africa / Christian A. Tryon and Kathryn L. Ranhorn (p. 143)
9. The Middle-Upper Paleolithic Transition: A Long-Term Biocultural Effect of Anatomically Modern Human Dispersal / Aaron Jonas Stutz (p. 157)
10. Threading the Weft, Testing the Warp: Population Concepts and the European Upper Paleolithic Chronocultural Framework / Natasha Reynolds (p. 187)
11. Communities of Interaction: Tradition and Learning in Stone Tool Production Through the Lens of the Epipaleolithic of Kharaneh IV,
Jordan / Lisa A. Maher and Danielle A. Macdonald (p. 213)
12. Toward a Theory of the Point / Michael J. Shott (p. 245)
13. Learning Strategies and Population Dynamics During the Pleistocene Colonization of North America / Michael J. O’Brien and R. Alexander Bentley (p. 261)
14. Culture, Environmental Adaptation or Specific Problem Solving? On Convergence and Innovation Dynamics Related to Techniques Used for Stone Heat Treatment / Patrick Schmidt (p. 283)
15. Style, Function and Cultural Transmission / Stephen Shennan (p. 291)
 Rev. Type: -
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-46126-3
ISBN: 978-3-030-46125-6
ISBN: 978-3-030-46126-3
Other: shh2667
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Title: Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
  Abbreviation : VERT
Source Genre: Series
Delson, Eric, Editor
Sargis, Eric J., Editor
Publ. Info: Cham : Springer
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1877-9077
ISSN: 1877-9085