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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
  • Addresses the many facets of the first hominin range expansion from Africa into Eurasia

  • Discusses aspects as geography, climate, faunal composition and hominin culture that enabled or led to the initial dispersal of hominins into Eurasia

  • Contains individual articles by experts from all over the world in the fields of paleontology, archaeology and geology

  • Includes supplementary material:


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

Table of contents

  1. Summary, Synthesis and Future Directions

    1. John G. Fleagle, John J. Shea
      Pages 275-280
  2. 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

About the editors

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 the Editor of journal Evolutionary Anthropology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Out of Africa I
  • Book Subtitle The First Hominin Colonization of Eurasia
  • Editors John G Fleagle
    John J. Shea
    Frederick E. Grine
    Andrea L. Baden
    Richard E. Leakey
  • Series Title Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Vertebrate Paleobiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-9035-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3308-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-9036-2
  • Series ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series E-ISSN 1877-9085
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 294
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anthropology