The First Humans – Origin and Early Evolution of the Genus Homo

Contributions from the Third Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium and Workshop October 3 – October 7, 2006

  • Frederick E. Grine
  • John G. Fleagle
  • Richard E. Leakey

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Retrospectives and Theoretical Perspectives

  3. Craniodental Perspectives on Taxonomy and Systematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. William H. Kimbel
      Pages 31-37
    3. Frederick E. Grine, Heather F. Smith, Christopher P. Heesy, Emma J. Smith
      Pages 49-62
  4. Postcranial Perspectives on Locomotion and Adaptation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Susan G. Larson
      Pages 65-75
    3. Daniel E. Lieberman, Dennis M. Bramble, David A. Raichlen, John J. Shea
      Pages 77-92
  5. Perspectives on Development, Diet and Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. M. Christopher Dean, B. Holly Smith
      Pages 101-120
    3. Peter S. Ungar, Robert S. Scott
      Pages 121-134
    4. Hélène Roche, Robert J. Blumenschine, John J. Shea
      Pages 135-147
  6. Environmental and Ecological Perspectives

  7. Summary Perspective on the Workshop

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-218

About this book


This volume addresses the origin of the human genus Homo, a major transition in human evolution and associated with major changes in brain size, locomotion, and culture, but one with many unanswered questions. How many different species of Homo were there, and how were they interrelated? Are stone tools a characteristic of early Homo? What was their function? How does the use of stone tools relate to changes in the dentition and brain size? Did adaptations for long distance running first appear with the origin of this genus? How does this relate to its diet and cultural abilities.


Archaeology Life History Locomotion Paleoanthropology human evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Frederick E. Grine
    • 1
  • John G. Fleagle
    • 2
  • Richard E. Leakey
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of Anthropology and Anatomical SciencesStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomical SciencesStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anthropology and Turkana Basin InstituteStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-9979-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-9980-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series Online ISSN 1877-9085
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