By John F. Hoffecker
For the 1st time in recent times, we have now a synthesis of the most recent pondering and discoveries by means of a more youthful pupil with an authoritative snatch of the topic. This booklet is a vital contribution to the overall literature of human prehistory, exact for its entire insurance of the circumpolar regions.—Brian Fagan, writer of The lengthy summer season: How weather replaced Civilization
"A uniquely authoritative, hugely readable, and well-illustrated account of the way stone-age humans controlled to colonize the a ways North."—Richard G. Klein, Stanford University
Early people didn't easily waft northward from their African origins as their talents to deal with cooler climates developed. The preliminary cost of locations like Europe and northerly Asia, in addition to the later circulate into the Arctic and the Americas, really happened in particularly speedy bursts of growth. A Prehistory of the North is the 1st full-length examine to inform the complicated tale, spanning virtually million years, of ways people inhabited the various coldest locations on earth.
In an account wealthy with illustrations, John Hoffecker lines the background of anatomical diversifications, nutrition ameliorations, and technological advancements, similar to garments and look after, which allowed people the continuing skill to push the limits in their habitation. The ebook concludes via exhibiting how within the previous couple of thousand years, peoples dwelling within the circumpolar zone—with the exception of western and imperative Siberia—developed a thriving maritime economy.
Written in nontechnical language, A Prehistory of the North presents compelling new insights and worthwhile details for pros and scholars.
Read or Download A Prehistory of the North: Human Settlement of the Higher Latitudes PDF
Similar archaeology books
David Phillipson offers an illustrated account of African prehistory, from the origins of humanity via eu colonization during this revised and increased variation of his unique paintings. Phillipson considers Egypt and North Africa of their African context, comprehensively reviewing the archaeology of West, East, relevant and Southern Africa.
This paintings takes as its place to begin the function of fieldwork and the way this has replaced during the last a hundred and fifty years. the writer argues opposed to revolutionary bills of fieldwork and in its place locations it in its broader highbrow context to seriously study the connection among theoretical paradigms and daily archaeological perform.
This publication examines from an archaeological point of view the social and fiscal adjustments that came about in Yucatán, Mexico starting within the 18th century, because the area grew to become more and more articulated inside international networks of trade. Of specific curiosity is the formation and supreme supremacy of the hacienda approach in Yucatán and the impact that new varieties of capitalist prepared construction had on local Maya social association.
- The Archaeology of Geological Catastrophes (Geological Society Special Publication) by W. J. McGuire (2000-04-17)
- An introduction to human evolution
- Israel in Transition, Volume 1: From Late Bronze II to Iron IIa (c. 1250-850 B.C.E.). Archaeology (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies) (2008-08-01)
- The Archaeology of the Aru Islands, Eastern Indonesia: (Terra Australis 22) (Volume 22)
- Anthropology and Archaeology: A Changing Relationship
Extra info for A Prehistory of the North: Human Settlement of the Higher Latitudes
Also present was Dryopithecus, which evolved a more apelike body and elongated forelimbs. 19 Several species of Sivapithecus occupied drier and more open woodland environments in both Europe and Asia. The sivapithecines possessed thick OUT OF AFRICA 15 enamel on their teeth and consumed a diet of more resistant foods. They are widely believed ancestral to modern orangutans. More exotic hominoids without direct links to living apes appeared during the later Miocene. Oreopithecus inhabited swampy forests in Italy roughly 9 – 8 million years ago.
Wild chimpanzees have been observed to hunt monkeys and small antelopes, and they sometimes hunt in cooperative groups. After a hunt, the meat may be shared with others. Nevertheless, meat represents a small part of the chimpanzee diet, which is primarily composed of ripe fruits and berries, along with some seeds, nuts, leaves, and insects. 8 Both chimpanzees and gorillas possess a relatively thin coat of enamel on their teeth, which reﬂects the chewing of soft foods that cause little abrasion and wear on the tooth surface.
9 It was molecular research that revealed how close the genetic and evolutionary relationship actually is between humans and the African apes. 10 In the 1960s these studies were resumed and expanded with new techniques, yielding startling results. 2. Geographic distribution of the living apes. among humans and chimpanzees and gorillas. 11 Despite the close evolutionary link between humans and living apes, it is readily apparent that in one respect they differ in the extreme. Both the African apes and the orangutans are restricted to a narrow geographic range below latitude 15° North.