Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds

  • Hidemi Ishida
  • Russell Tuttle
  • Martin Pickford
  • Naomichi Ogihara
  • Masato Nakatsukasa
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Hidemi Ishida: 40 Years of Footprints in Japanese Primatology and Paleoanthropology

    1. Masato Nakatsukasa, Yoshihiko Nakano, Yutaka Kunimatsu, Naomichi Ogihara, Russell H. Tuttle
      Pages 1-14
  3. Fossil Hominoids and Paleoenvironments

    1. Kathleen T. Blue, Monte L. McCrossin, Brenda R. Benefit
      Pages 45-58
    2. Hideo Nakaya, Hiroshi Tsujikawa
      Pages 59-70
    3. Yoshihiro Sawada, Mototaka Saneyoshi, Katsuhiro Nakayama, Tetsuya Sakai, Tetsumaru Itaya, Masayuki Hyodo et al.
      Pages 71-96
  4. Functional Morphology

    1. Yoshihiko Nakano, Eishi Hirasaki, Hiroo Kumakura
      Pages 97-104
    2. Akiyoshi Matsumura, Morihiko Okada, Yutaka Takahashi
      Pages 123-133
    3. Françoise K. Jouffroy, Monique F. Médina
      Pages 135-148
    4. Eishi Hirasaki, Naomichi Ogihara, Masato Nakatsukasa
      Pages 149-155
    5. Masato Nakatsukasa, Eishi Hirasaki, Naomichi Ogihara
      Pages 157-166
    6. Naomichi Ogihara, Nobutoshi Yamazaki
      Pages 167-174
  5. Theoretical Approaches

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-281

About these proceedings


Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds is a benchmark compendium of research that presents itself at a major paradigm shift in paleoanthropology. The editors offer a variety of theoretical approaches to puzzles on the place of the Hominidae, particularly Homo sapiens, among the Primates, including our unique bipedal positional behavior and social structure and the selective factors that might have been involved in our evolution in the broad context of Miocene and later environments. The contributors represent several generations of pioneering laboratory and field researchers from Japan, France and the United States, who have worked together over the past 40 years and who have trained future leaders in evolutionary anthropology and experimental primatology. This volume, compiled by the leading experts in the field, explores the interface between hominid origins and palaeoenvironments.


Adaptation Mammalia anthropoid biostratigraphy bipedalism computer simulation evolution hominids hominoids morphology paleoanthropology primatology the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Hidemi Ishida
    • 1
  • Russell Tuttle
    • 2
  • Martin Pickford
    • 3
  • Naomichi Ogihara
    • 4
  • Masato Nakatsukasa
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Shiga PrefectureShigaJapan
  2. 2.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Collège de FranceParisFrance
  4. 4.Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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