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Jim Ahern is Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Ahern's research has covered many aspects of human biological and biocultural evolution, ranging from work on the origin of the hominin lineage to the peopling of the Americas.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Thoughts on Modern Human Origins: From 1984 to 2012
Fred H. Smith and James C. M. Ahern
1 Africa: The Cradle of Modern People
Osbjorn M. Pearson
2 Crossroads of the Old World: Late Hominin Evolution in Western Asia
Robert G. Franciscus and Trenton W. Holliday
3 A River Runs through It: Modern Human Origins in East Asia
Karen R. Rosenberg and Xinzhi Wu
4 Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Australians
Arthur C. Durband and Michael C. Westaway
5 Modern Human Origins in Central Europe
James C. M. Ahern, Ivor Jankoviæ, Jean-Luc Voisin, and Fred H. Smith
6 The Makers of the Early Upper Paleolithic in Western Eurasia
7 Neandertal Craniofacial Growth and Development and Its Relevance for Modern Human Origins
Frank L’Engle Williams
8 Energetics and the Origin of Modern Humans
Andrew W. Froehle, Todd R. Yokley, and Steven E. Churchill
9 Understanding Human Cranial Variation in Light of Modern Human Origins
John H. Relethford
10 The Relevance of Archaic Genomes to Modern Human Origins
John Hawks and Zach Throckmorton
11 The Process of Modern Human Origins: The Evolutionary and Demographic Changes Giving Rise to Modern Humans
Rachel Caspari and Milford H. Wolpoff
12 The Paleobiology of Modern Human Emergence