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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

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

About the editors

Frederick E. Grine

Fred Grine is Professor of Anthropology and of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. He has published over 100 articles in scientific journals dealing with the subject of human evolution, and his work on the Late Pleistocene human fossil from Hofmeyr, South Africa, was named by Time Magazine as one of the top ten science stories of 2007. He edited Evolutionary History of the ‘Robust’ Australopithecines (1988, Aldine de Gruyter), and is author of Regional Human Anatomy: a Laboratory Workbook (2002, 2005, 2007, McGraw-Hill).

John G. Fleagle

John Fleagle is Distinguished Professor of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. He has conducted paleontological field work in many parts of the world, including Argentina, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia and India. He is the author of the textbook Primate Adaptation and Evolution (1988, 1999, Elsevier), co-editor of the Human Evolution Sourcebook (1993, 2006, Prentice Hall), and editor of the journal Evolutionary Anthropology.

Richard E. Leakey

Richard Leakey is Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and former Director of the Kenya National Museums and the Kenya Wildlife Service. His field work around Lake Turkana, Kenya, has yielded a treasure trove of hominin fossils that has provided much of the paleontological record on which our understanding of human evolution is based. He has authored a number of books, including Origins, and most recently, The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and The Future of Humankind. He is Chairman of the Board of the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The First Humans – Origin and Early Evolution of the Genus Homo
  • Book Subtitle Contributions from the Third Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium and Workshop October 3 – October 7, 2006
  • Editors Frederick E. Grine
    John G Fleagle
    Richard E. Leakey
  • Series Title Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-9979-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-8233-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-9980-9
  • Series ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series E-ISSN 1877-9085
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anthropology
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From the reviews:

"This volume provides an up-to-date, concise synthesis of what is known about early Homo and highlights what still remains to be done.” Journal of Human Evolution, 2009