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Reconstructing human origins; a modern synthesis, 2d ed.


Reconstructing human origins; a modern synthesis, 2d ed.

Conroy, Glenn C.

W.W. Norton


694 pages




Conroy (anatomy and anthropology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis) offers a textbook for anthropology courses, discussing primate morphology, fossil hominins, Miocene hominoids, and Australopiths and tracing evolution through the genus Homo, Homo erectus, and archaic hominins. He takes care to describe competing theories of human evolution--not, of course, theories that are counter to evolution altogether. Coverage includes advances in radiometric dating, functional morphology, molecular biology, and archeological inference, and assesment of their impact on modern interpretations of the fossil evidence. Published eight years fter the first edition (1997), the second is substantially expanded, updated, and reorganized.

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