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The Origin of Modern Humans and the Impact of Chronometric Dating [Hardcover]

Martin Jim Aitken , Chris B. Stringer , Paul A. Mellars


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11 April 1993

This volume of papers delivered to The Royal Society in February of 1992 explores the debate over the "single center" hypothesis of human origins versus "multi-regional evolution." Over the last five years there has been growing support for a recent "Out of Africa" origin of modern humans--based on fresh interpretations of the palaeoanthropological and archaeological evidence, new applications of physical dating techniques to important sites, and a greatly increased genetic data base on recent human variation and its geographical patterning. But there has also been a parallel growth of doubts about interpretations of the new evidence from some workers. This book provides a review of recent progress and allows some of these doubts to be aired and discussed.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are O. Bar-Yosef, A. M. Bowcock, P. Brown, H. J. Deacon, L. L. Cavalli-Sforza, J. D. Clark, R. Grün, J.-J. Hublin, A. A. Lin, G. H. Miller, J. L. Mountain, H. P. Schwarcz, N. J. Shackleton, F. H. Smith, and M. Stoneking.

Originally published in 1993.

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M. J. Aitken is Professor Emeritus in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at the University of Oxford, "C. B. Stringer" is Head of the Human Origins Group in the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum, London, and "P. A. Mellars" is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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