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Asian Paleoanthropology

From Africa to China and Beyond

  • Christopher J. Norton
  • David R. Braun

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Christopher J. Norton, David R. Braun
    Pages 1-5
  3. David R. Braun, Christopher J. Norton, John W. K. Harris
    Pages 41-48
  4. Ceri Shipton, Michael D. Petraglia
    Pages 49-55
  5. Christopher J. Norton, Changzhu Jin, Yuan Wang, Yingqi Zhang
    Pages 81-100
  6. Yousuke Kaifu, Etty Indriati, Fachroel Aziz, Iwan Kurniawan, Hisao Baba
    Pages 143-157
  7. Christopher J. Norton, Xing Gao, Wu Liu, David R. Braun, Xiujie Wu
    Pages 159-168
  8. Kidong Bae
    Pages 181-190
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 201-214

About this book


This volume brings together a group of authors that address the question of the first out of Africa into Asia c. 2 Ma. The scope of the book is comprehensive as it covers almost every major region of Asia. The primary goal of this volume is to provide an updated synthesis of the current state of the Asian paleoanthropological and paleoenvironmental records. Papers include detailed studies of the theoretical constructs underlying the move out of Africa, including detailed reconstructions of the paleoenvironment and possible migration routes. Other papers detail the Plio-Pleistocene archaeological and hominin fossil records of particular regions.


Asia Hominin evolution Paleoanthropology Paleolithic archaeology Quaternary

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher J. Norton
    • 1
  • David R. Braun
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2., Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

About the editors

Christopher Norton has spent the past eighteen years conducting paleoanthropological research in China, Korea, and Japan. Of those eighteen years, Norton has spent more than eight years actually living in those respective countries learning not only the paleoanthropology, but the cultures and languages as well. This has allowed Norton to develop a broader, regional scope for his research. This has facilitated his previous research and was the primary impetus for proposing this comprehensive synthesis of the current state of research in Asian paleoanthropology. The co-editor, David Braun, works primarily in Africa. However, we both agreed that comparative research between Africa and Asia was critical to fully comprehending both regional records. This was the primary reason why we co-organized a symposium on Asian Paleoanthropology at the AAPA meeting in March 2007, which forms the foundation for this edited volume. Most of the presentations from that conference are chapters in this book.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Asian Paleoanthropology
  • Book Subtitle From Africa to China and Beyond
  • Editors Christopher J. Norton
    David R. Braun
  • Series Title Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Vertebrate Paleobiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-9093-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3322-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-9094-2
  • Series ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series E-ISSN 1877-9085
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 216
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anthropology
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