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By D. W. Phillipson David W. Phillipson

ISBN-10: 0511113374

ISBN-13: 9780511113376

ISBN-10: 052154002X

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ISBN-13: 9780521832366

David Phillipson provides an illustrated account of African prehistory, from the origins of humanity via eu colonization during this revised and multiplied variation of his unique paintings. Phillipson considers Egypt and North Africa of their African context, comprehensively reviewing the archaeology of West, East, crucial and Southern Africa. His publication demonstrates the relevance of archaeological study to knowing modern Africa and stresses the continent's contribution to the cultural history of humankind.

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Afarensis as to later A. africanus (Clarke 1998, 1999). There has been considerable controversy over the precise nature of these sites and how the bone concentrations amongst which the hominid remains occurred came to be accumulated. It was at one time thought that many of the animal bones at Makapansgat had been selected by hominids and taken to the site for use as tools (Dart 1957), an hypothesis based upon the uneven representation of different body parts and upon the seemingly standardised fractures on many of the bones.

World-wide precursors of the hominids The story of the emergence of humankind extends far back into geological time (Fig. 4). The modern species of Old World and New World monkeys, apes and hominids are all classed as members of the Anthropoidea sub-order of the order Primates (Fig. 5). Other members of this order, with which we are not here concerned, include such animals as tarsiers and tree-shrews. Fossil remains of early primates (Klein 1999) have been recovered at many sites in the Americas, Europe and Asia as well as in Africa, extending back in time as far as the end of the Cretaceous period about 70 million years ago.

1994). Originally attributed to the genus Australopithecus, this creature had teeth rather like those of a chimpanzee, although it was probably largely bipedal; it evidently inhabited a moist The emergence of humankind in Africa 27 woodland environment. 9 million years old, are remains of Australopithecus anamensis from two sites in the Lake Turkana basin of northern Kenya (M. G. Leakey et al. 1995). Both in dentition and in gait this creature shows development away from the features of Ardipithecus (than which it seems to have been significantly larger) towards those of later and better-known australopithecines.

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