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Early Hominin Paleoecology

edited by Matt Sponheimer, Julia A. Lee-Thorp, Kaye E. Reed, and Peter Ungar

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"The clearly written chapters by top-flight authors provide an excellent background and summary for students and even researchers wishing to learn more about an area beyond their own specialty."
Choice Magazine

"[I]t provides a comprehensive summary . . . to the vital question of what we know about human origins and, more importantly, how we know it."
Anthropology Review Database

"This volume is a fantastic resource for researchers and advanced students looking for a solid grounding in the many methodological approaches in hominin paleoecology."
American Journal of Human Biology

"[T]his is an invaluable volume for any person interested in conducting research within the field of paleoecology, whether they are a student or a professional."



An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of hominin paleoecology for advanced undergraduate students and beginning graduate students, Early Hominin Paleoecology offers an up-to-date review of the relevant literature, exploring new research and synthesizing old and new ideas.

Recent advances in the field and the laboratory are not only improving our understanding of human evolution but are also transforming it. Given the increasing specialization of the individual fields of study in hominin paleontology, communicating research results and data is difficult, especially to a broad audience of graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and the interested public. Early Hominin Paleoecology provides a good working knowledge of the subject while also presenting a solid grounding in the sundry ways this knowledge has been constructed. The book is divided into three sections—climate and environment (with a particular focus on the latter), adaptation and behavior, and modern analogs and models—and features contributors from various fields of study, including archaeology, primatology, paleoclimatology, sedimentology, and geochemistry.

Early Hominin Paleoecology is an accessible introduction into this fascinating and ever-evolving field and will be essential to any student interested in pursuing research in human paleoecology.

Contributors: David R. Braun, Beth Christensen, David J. Daegling, Craig S. Feibel, Frederick E. Grine, Clifford J. Jolly , Naomi E. Levin, Mark A. Maslin, John C. Mitani, Jay Quade, Amy L. Rector, Jeanne Sept, Lillian M. Spencer, Mark F. Teaford, Carol V. Ward, Katy E. Wilson


Matt Sponheimer is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Julia A. Lee-Thorp is a professor of archaeological science at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford.

Kaye E. Reed is a professor at the Institute of Human Origins, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University.

Peter Ungar is distinguished professor and chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of Arkansas.

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  • Hardcover Price: $78.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-224-5
  • Ebook Price: $62.00
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $9.99
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-225-2
  • Publication Month: May
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Illustrations: 74
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Matt Sponheimer, Julia A. Lee-Thorp, Kaye E. Reed, and Peter Ungar
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-224-5
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