The Nariokotome Homo Erectus Skeleton

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Alan Walker, Richard E. Leakey
Harvard University Press, 1993 - 457 pages
On the slopes of the Nariokotome sand river in Kenya, sifting through sediments more than a million years old, Kamoya Kimeu uncovered a small piece of a skull. Piece followed piece--facial bones, teeth, vertebrae--and little by little paleontologists put together the most complete early hominid ever discovered, a Homo erectus skeleton christened the Nariokotome boy. This phenomenal find, a milestone in the history of paleoanthropology, is fully documented in this remarkable book. Beautifully illustrated and richly descriptive, The Nariokotome Homo Erectus Skeleton takes us into the field and the laboratory, and into the far reaches of prehistory, to show us what the fossilized remains of a young boy can tell us about our beginnings.
 

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Table des matières

Introduction
1
Microstratigraphy and paleoenvironments
21
Taphonomy
45
The faunal context
59
THE SPECIMEN
66
THE DENTITION
167
ANALYTICAL STUDIES
193
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE PELVIS
227
THE THORACIC AND LUMBAR VERTEBRAE
273
THE RIB CAGE
297
David Begun and Alan Walker
326
THE VERTEBRAL CANAL
373
A MORPHOMETRIC STUDY OF FACIAL GROWTH
391
PERSPECTIVES ON THE NARIOKOTOME DISCOVERY
413
A NOTE ON ACCESSION NUMBERS
431
Jellema Bruce Latimer and Alan Walker
436

BODY SIZE AND BODY SHAPE
234

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À propos de l'auteur (1993)

Alan Walker is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. A Royal Society and MacArthur Fellow, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1996, he and Pat Shipman won the prestigious Rhône-Poulenc Prize for The Wisdom of the Bones.

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