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Paleoanthropology of the Balkans and Anatolia

Human Evolution and its Context

  • Katerina Harvati
  • Mirjana Roksandic

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Human Fossil Record

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ivor Janković, James C. M. Ahern, Ivor Karavanić, Fred H. Smith
      Pages 35-50
    3. David S. Strait, Caley M. Orr, Jamie Hodgkins, Nikolai Spassov, Maria Gurova, Christopher Miller et al.
      Pages 69-78
    4. Ahmet İhsan Aytek, Katerina Harvati
      Pages 79-91
  3. The Archaeological Record

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Nena Galanidou, Constantin Athanassas, James Cole, Giorgos Iliopoulos, Athanasios Katerinopoulos, Andreas Magganas et al.
      Pages 119-138
    3. Ivor Karavanić, Rajna Šošić-Klindžić, James C. M. Ahern, Natalija Čondić, Ivor Janković, Krunoslav Zubčić et al.
      Pages 153-169
  4. Paleoenvironments, Biogeography and Chronology

About this book


This edited volume systematically reviews the evidence for early human presence in one of the most relevant geographic regions of Europe - the Balkans and Anatolia, an area that has been crucial in shaping the course of human evolution in Europe, but whose paleoanthropological record is poorly known. The primary aim of this book is to showcase new paleoanthropological (human paleontological and paleolithic) research conducted in the region. 

The volume is organized into three sections. The first one deals with the human fossil record from Greece, the Central Balkans, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. The second section presents the paleolithic record of the same countries. In the third part, the authors provide a synthesis of current paleoenvironmental evidence for the Balkans. Chapters summarize and systematize the available human fossil evidence, examine their context, and place them within the framework of our understanding of human evolution in Europe and beyond, as well as present new analyses of existing human fossils. This book will be of interest to professionals, upper undergraduate and graduate students in paleoanthropology, human paleontology and paleolithic archaeology and in a variety of related fields, including human variation and adaptation, paleontology and biogeography. It will also be appropriate as a reference book for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on human evolution and European paleoanthropology.


Paleolithic record earliest settlement of Europe early human dispersal Neanderthals Upper Paleolithic humans 3-d geometric morphometric analysis Greek human fossil record Central Balkans human fossil record Croatia human fossil record Romania human fossil record Bulgaria human fossil record Turkey human fossil record

Editors and affiliations

  • Katerina Harvati
    • 1
  • Mirjana Roksandic
    • 2
  1. 1.Paleoanthropology, Department of GeosciencesEberhard Karls Universität TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

About the editors

Bibliographic information


“The volume is a welcome contribution to the field of European Paleoanthropology. Several of the most success¬ful contributions are descriptive pieces that detail new ar¬cheological discoveries, which, as becomes increasingly ap¬parent when reading the volume, are sorely needed. In this context, I found Tourloukis’ observations on site distribu¬tions in basins particularly useful and I was pleased to see him acknowledge that landscape dynamics are integral to explaining site distributions of Paleolithic industries. The articles dealing with the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transi¬tion are also of excellent quality.” (Wei Chu, University of Cologne)