By Hidemi Ishida, Russell Tuttle, Martin Pickford, Naomichi Ogihara, Masato Nakatsukasa
Advances in fossil reviews in terms of the foundation of Homo sapiens have reinforced the speculation that our direct ancestors originated at the African continent. such a lot researchers additionally agree that the time while prehumans diverged from the final universal ancestor was once within the early a part of the past due Miocene epoch. concentration needs to now shift from choosing the days and locations of hominid origins to clarifying hominid evolutionary difficulties, equivalent to the selective components and acquisition methods of hominid bipedalism. In March of 2003, researchers from Africa, Europe, Japan and the U.S. convened in Kyoto for a symposium on Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds, an interdisciplinary attempt to contemplate those evolutionary puzzles, to file present learn and to switch suggestions in the direction of higher knowing the connection between environmental adjustments, adaptive mechanisms and human origins. This e-book is the results of that symposium, and contains a different and distinctive set of papers on issues resembling hominid evolution, dispersal and morphology, and the origins of bipedalism.
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