Out of Africa I

The First Hominin Colonization of Eurasia

  • John G. Fleagle
  • John J. Shea
  • Frederick E. Grine
  • Andrea L. Baden
  • Richard E. Leakey

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The African Background

  3. Eastern Asia

  4. South Asia

  5. Europe and Western Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro
      Pages 207-224
    3. G. Philip Rightmire, David Lordkipanidze
      Pages 225-243
  6. Summary, Synthesis and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. John G. Fleagle, John J. Shea
      Pages 275-280
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 281-293

About this book


For the first two thirds of our evolutionary history, we hominins were restricted to Africa. Dating from about two million years ago, hominin fossils first appear in Eurasia. This volume addresses many of the issues surrounding this initial hominin intercontinental dispersal. Why did hominins first leave Africa in the early Pleistocene and not earlier? What do we know about the adaptations of the hominins that dispersed - their diet, locomotor abilities, cultural abilities? Was there a single dispersal event or several? Was the hominin dispersal part of a broader faunal expansion of African mammals northward? What route or routes did dispersing populations take?


Human Evolution Life History Locomotion anthropology archaeology paleoanthropology

Editors and affiliations

  • John G. Fleagle
    • 1
  • John J. Shea
    • 2
  • Frederick E. Grine
    • 3
  • Andrea L. Baden
    • 4
  • Richard E. Leakey
    • 5
  1. 1.Medical Center, Dept. Anatomical SciencesStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2., Department of Anthropology and Turkana BStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  3. 3., Departments of Anthropolgy and AnatomicaStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  4. 4., Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in AnStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  5. 5., Department of Anthropology and Turkana BStony Brook UniversityNew YorkUSA

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