(0) items

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.
A Companion to Paleoanthropology,9781118332344
This item qualifies for

Your order must be $59 or more, you must select US Postal Service Shipping as your shipping preference, and the "Group my items into as few shipments as possible" option when you place your order.

Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace Items, eBooks, Apparel, and DVDs not included.

A Companion to Paleoanthropology



Pub. Date:
List Price: $213.27

Rent Textbook


Buy New Textbook

Usually Ships in 3-4 Business Days

Used Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out


We're Sorry
Not Available

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?

Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.

How do rental returns work?

Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!

What version or edition is this?

This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 1/14/2013.

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.


A Companion to Paleoanthropology presents a compendium of readings from leading scholars in the field that define our current knowledge of the major discoveries and developments in human origins and human evolution, tracing the fossil record from primate and hominid origins to the dispersal of modern humans across the globe.

  • Represents an accessible state-of-the-art summary of the entire field of paleoanthropology, with an overview of hominid taxonomy
  • Features articles on the key discoveries in ape and human evolution, in cranial, postcranial and brain evolution, growth and development
  • Surveys the breadth of the paleontological record from primate origins to modern humans
  • Highlights the unique methods and techniques of paleoanthropology, including dating and ecological methods, and use of living primate date to reconstruct behavior in fossil apes and humans

Author Biography

David Begun is Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto. A paleoanthropologist with 30 years of experience in the analysis of fossil apes, Begun’s current research focuses on the relationships between European and African fossil and living great apes and the origin of the African apes and humans.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters on that topic, and on the description and analysis of fossils from Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
David R. Begun

2. History
Matthew R. Goodrum

Part I. Background to Paleoanthropology

Section 1. Method and theory

3. Human Systematics
David S. Strait

4. Experimental Approaches to Musculoskeletal Function
Matthew J. Ravosa, Kimberly A. Congdon and Rachel A. Menegaz

5. Multivariate Quantitative Methods in Paleoanthropology
Michael A. Schillaci and Philipp Gunz

6. Growth, Development and Life History in Hominin Evolution
Jay Kelley and Debra Bolter

Section 2. Anatomical regions

7. Cranial Evolution in the Apes
Brian T. Shea

8. Hominid Brain Evolution
Thomas Schoenemann

9. Hominin diets
Peter S. Ungar and Matt Sponheimer

10. Origin and Evolution of Human Postcranial Anatomy
Brian G. Richmond and Kevin G. Hatala

Section 3. Environment and behavior

11. Multiproxy Paleoecology.  Reconstructing evolutionary context in paleoanthropology
Kaye E. Reed

12. Reconstructing Social Behavior from Fossil Evidence
J. Michael Plavcan

13. Geochronology
Alan L. Deino

14. The Origins and Evolution of Technology
Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth

Section 4. Genetics and race

15. Genetic perspectives on ape and human evolution
Todd R. Disotell

16. The Genetics of Morphology
Richard J. Sherwood and Dana L. Duren

17. Paleoanthropology and Race
Milford H. Wolpoff and Rachel Caspari

Part II. The fossil record

Section 5. Paleogene primates

18. Primate Origins
Mary T. Silcox

19. Anthropoid Origins
K. Christopher Beard

20. Catarrhine origins
Terry Harrison 

Section 6. Neogene/Quaternary hominoids

21. The Miocene Hominoid Radiations
David R. Begun

22. Before Australopithecus. The Earliest Hominins
Scott W. Simpson

23. Australopithecus and Kenyanthropus
Carol V. Ward and Ashley S. Hammond

24. Paranthropus
Bernard Wood and Kes Schroer

Section 7. The age of Homo

25. Earliest Homo
Friedemann Schrenk

26. Homo erectus and related taxa
Susan C. Antón

27. The Middle Pleistocene Record. On the Ancestry of Neandertals, Modern Humans and Others
Jean-Jacques Hublin

28. Neanderthals
Katerina Harvati

29. Modern human origins
Mark Collard and Mana Dembo

30. Homo floresiensis
William L. Jungers

Please wait while the item is added to your cart...