Despite the obvious geographic importance of eastern Asia in human migration, its discussion in the context of the emergence and dispersal of modern humans has been rare. Emergence and Diversity of Modern Human Behavior in Paleolithic Asia focuses long-overdue scholarly attention on this under-studied area of the world.
Arising from a 2011 symposium sponsored by the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, this book gathers the work of archaeologists from the Pacific Rim of Asia, Australia, and North America, to address the relative lack of attention given to the emergence of modern human behavior as manifested in Asia during the worldwide dispersal from Africa.
YOUSUKE KAIFU is the head of the Division of Human Evolution of the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan, and is also affiliated with the department of biological sciences at the University of Tokyo. MASAMI IZUHO is an associate professor of archaeology at Tokyo Metropolitan University. TED GOEBEL is professor of anthropology and assistant director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. HIROYUKI SATO is a professor in the Department of Archaeology of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo. AKIRA ONO is a professor of prehistoric archaeology, director of the Center for Obsidian and Lithic Studies, Meiji University, and emeritus professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University.
What Readers Are Saying:
"This book represents a major contribution to one of the most important and interesting topics in paleoanthropology—the global dispersal of anatomically modern humans."—John F. Hoffecker, author of A Prehistoryof the North and coauthor of Human Ecology of Beringia
" . . . clearly set to become a standard reference work for students and other colleagues alike."—Paul Mellars, professor, University of Cambridge
". . .a welcome addition to the growing literature on this topic. It will be a particularly valuable resource for students and researchers alike, particularly because the volume is chock full of useful data and the chapters are written in a clear and concise way making it easy to digest all of the information. This volume would be useful as the primary text for an upper division and/or graduate seminar that focuses on hominin behavioral evolution in eastern Asia. Alternatively, it would be useful as an optional text for a more general course on Asian paleoanthropology. Either way, it will be a useful resource that should eventually be found on every university library bookshelf."--American Journal of Physical Anthropology
"A monumental undertaking in scope and breadth of topical coverage and geographic extent. The editorship and authors have done a tremendous service in its production. It is a most welcome addition to the "transition" and "modern behavior" prehistory literature and is relevant to archaeologists and prehistorians with very diverse geographic interests." -- Journal of Lithic Studies