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A Prehistory of the North : Human Settlement of the Higher Latitudes

By (author) John F. Hoffecker , Foreword by Brian Fagan

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For the first time in recent years, we have a synthesis of the latest thinking and discoveries by a younger scholar with an authoritative grasp of the subject. This book is an important contribution to the general literature of human prehistory, unique for its comprehensive coverage of the circumpolar regions. Brian Fagan, author of The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization A uniquely authoritative, highly readable, and well-illustrated account of how stone-age people managed to colonize the Far North. Richard G. Klein, Stanford University Early humans did not simply drift northward from their African origins as their abilities to cope with cooler climates evolved. The initial settlement of places like Europe and northern Asia, as well as the later movement into the Arctic and the Americas, actually occurred in relatively rapid bursts of expansion. A Prehistory of the North is the first full-length study to tell the complex story, spanning almost two million years, of how humans inhabited some of the coldest places on earth. In an account rich with illustrations, John Hoffecker traces the history of anatomical adaptations, diet modifications, and technological developments, such as clothing and shelter, which allowed humans the continued ability to push the boundaries of their habitation. The book concludes by showing how in the last few thousand years, peoples living in the circumpolar zone with the exception of western and central Siberia developed a thriving maritime economy. Written in nontechnical language, A Prehistory of the North provides compelling new insights and valuable information for professionals and students. John F. Hoffecker is a Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado in Boulder and is the author of Desolate Landscapes: Ice Age Settlement in Eastern Europe (Rutgers University Press)."

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 430.92g
  • 30 Nov 2004
  • Rutgers University Press
  • New Brunswick, NJ
  • English
  • New.
  • 50 b/w illustrations
  • 0813534690
  • 9780813534695
  • 1,413,085

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John F. Hoffecker is a Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado in Boulder and is the author of Desolate Landscapes: Ice Age Settlement in Eastern Europe (Rutgers University Press).

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"For the first time in recent years, we have a synthesis of the latest thinking and discoveries by a younger scholar with an authoritative grasp of the subject. This book is an important contribution to the general literature of human prehistory, unique for its comprehensive coverage of the circumpolar regions."

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