Human Evolution in China

Human Evolution in China : A Metric Description of Fossils and a Review of the Sites

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In recent years, China has produced a wealth of hominid fossils, shedding new light on the course of human evolution. This book is the first comprehensive treatment of these fossil finds. After a brief description of Chinese paleoanthropology all major Chinese sites are covered - and for the first time in one place. Original translations of Chinese-language materials and original analyses of a number of fossils are included. The focus is on metric information for use in comparing the samples with fossils from other parts of the world. Sections are organised as follows : (1) Fossil name and location of the site (2) how, when, and by whom found (3) detailed description (4) archaeological remains at the site (5) floral and faunal content of the more

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  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 160.27 x 242.82 x 21.59mm | 716.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, tables, bibliography
  • 0195074327
  • 9780195074321

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"A comprehensive and up-to-date guide. . . .The core of the book consists of the anatomical descriptions, which have been prepared by Wu, working from both the specimens themselves and reports published by other specialists. . . .Western readers will be grateful to have access to material that has heretofore been hard to find."--Journal of Anthropological Research"A detailed catalog of finds and relevant information from a part of the world that has been, until recently, out of bounds for most Western scientists. . . .Here is a wealth of raw data (essential for comparative purposes) on China's rich hominoid and hominid fossil remains--including detailed morphological descriptions and metric data. . . .This book is an essential tool."--The Quarterly Review of Biologyshow more

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. 1: Homo erectus. 2: Archaic Homo sapiens. 3: Evolution and Dispersal. 4: Important Hominoids. Appendix: List of Commonly Mentioned Faunashow more