This internationally renowned text provides the only truly global account of human prehistory from the earliest times through the earliest civilizations. Written in an accessible way, People of the Earth shows how today's diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years against a background of constant climatic change.
-Emphasizes major controversies such as the origins of modern humans and the first settlement of the Americas - Presents students with relevant theories about first settlement and origination so they can more easily comprehend the development of early civilization.
-Surveys alternative perspectives on the past and outlines some of the important theoretical frameworks that influence our thinking about prehistory - Furnishes students with material that reflects issues surrounding world prehistory in today's world.
-Site Boxes in each chapter that discuss key locations and discoveries - Highlights exceptional and easily accessible examples that span a host of geographic locations and time periods.