People of the Earth : An Introduction to World Prehistory

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: PRENTICE HALL PTR
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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.

Table of Contents

Introducing World Prehistory
Archaeology and Prehistory
Site: The Avebury Archer The Beginnings of World Prehistory
Who Needs the Past?
Cyclical and Linear Time
Science: Dating the Past
Written Records, Oral Traditions, and Archaeology
Studying Culture and Culture Change
Primary Cultural Processes
Theoretical Approaches: Culture as Adaptation
Climatic Change
Culture as Adaptation
Cultural Evolution and Cultural Ecology
Multilinear Evolution: Prestate and State-Organized Societies
Theoretical Approaches: Evolutionary Ecology and Hunter-Gatherers
Evolutionary Ecology and Optimal Foraging Strategy
Theoretical Approaches: People as Agents of Change
External and Internal Constraints
Gender: Men and Women
Trade and Exchange
Ideologies and Beliefs
Beginnings 7 Million to 40,000 Years Ago
Human Origins: 7 Million to 1.9 Million Years Ago The Great Ice Age
The Origins of the Human Line
Miocene Primates
Molecular Biology and Human Evolution
The Ecological Problems Faced by Early Hominins
Adaptive Problems
Dating the Past: Potassium-Argon Dating
Fossil Evidence: 7 to 3 MYA
Toumaiuml;: Sahelanthropus tchadensis
Ardipithecus ramidus
Australopithecus anamensis
Australopithecus afarensis
Laetoli: Footprints of
Fossil Evidence: 3 to 2.5 MYA
Gracile Australopithecines: Australopithecus africanus
Robust Australopithecines
Australopithecus garhi
Early Homo: 2.5 to 2.0 MYA
Homo habilis
A Burst of Rapid Change?
Who Was the First Human?
Archaeological Evidence for Early Human Behavior
Evidence for ldquo;Central Placesrdquo;?
Site: Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, East Africa
Hunting and Scavenging
Plant Foraging and ldquo;Grandmotheringrdquo; Toolmaking
The Oldowan Industry
The Mind of the Earliest Humans
The Development of Language
Social Organization
Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, and Homo sapiens: 1.9 Million to 40,000 Years Ago Pleistocene Background
Lower Pleistocene (1.6 Million to c. 780,000 Years Ago)
Middle Pleistocene (c. 780,000 to 128,000 Years Ago)
Homo ergaster in Africa The Radiation of H
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