Early Hominid Behavioural Ecology

Early Hominid Behavioural Ecology

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Understanding early hominid behavioural ecology remains a core issue in modern-day anthropology. This book offers the latest research in this field, with new approaches to old questions. The central topics explored in this book include: early hominid habitat preference and land use; procurement and processing of food and lithic materials; the use of fire; competitive interactions with carnivores; and social organization and cognitive skills. Innovative methods and recent data are presented and aim to provide a fuller understanding of the evolutionary ecology of Plio-pleistocene hominids. Most of the contributions to this volume are based on papers presented at the Early Hominid Behavioural Ecology symposium, held at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Toronto, 1993.
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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 17mm | 844g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • references
  • 0125256604
  • 9780125256605

Table of contents

Introduction to "early hominid behavioural ecology" - new looks at old questions, J.S. Oliver et al; variables versus models of early pleistocene hominid land use, R. Potts; early hominid habitat preferences in East Africa - paleosol carbon isotopic evidence, N.E. Sikes; hominid paleoecology at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania as indicated by antelope remains, T.W. Plummer and L.C. Bishop; behavioural ecological implications of early hominid body size, H.M. McHenry; the implications of time-averaging for reconstructing the land-use patterns of early tool-using hominids, N. Stern; behavioural implications of plio-pleistocene archaeological site structure, E.M. Kroll; changing patterns of land use by plio-pleistocene hominids in the Lake Turkana basin, M.J. Rogers et al; pliocene archaeological occurrences in the Lake Turkana basin, M. Kibunjia; methods of determining early hominid behavioural activities associated with the controlled use of fire at FxJj 20 Main, Koobi Fora, Kenya, R.V. Bellomo; competition for carcasses and early hominid behavioural ecology - a case study and conceptual framework, R.J. Blumenschine et al; carnivore tooth marks and stone tool butchery marks on scavenged bones - archaeological implications, M.M. Selvaggio; early hominid utilization of fish resources and implications for seasonality and behaviour, K.M. Stewart; early pleistocene hominid foraging strategies along the ancestral Orno River at Koobi Fora, Kenya, H.T. Bunn; estimates of hominid and carnivore involvement in the FLK "zinjanthropus" fossil assemblage - some socioecological implications, J.S. Oliver; beyond bones - archaeological sites, early hominid subsistence and the costs and benefits of exploiting wild plant foods in East African riverine landscapes, J.M. Sept; early hominid behavioural ecology - a personal postscript, A. Hill.
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