Katerina Harvati, Mirjana Roksandic (eds.). Paleoanthropology of the Balkans and Anatolia: Human Evolution and its Context (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series)


     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. 


Table of contents

Part I. The Human Fossil Record

K. Harvati. Paleoanthropology in Greece: Recent Findings and Interpretations

M. Roksandic. The Role of the Central Balkans in the Peopling of Europe: Paleoanthropological Evidence

I. Janković, J. Ahern, I. Karavanić, F. Smith. The Importance of Croatian Pleistocene Hominin Finds in the Study of Human Evolution

K. Harvati, M. Roksandic. The Human Fossil Record from Romania: Early Upper Paleolithic European Mandibles and Neanderthal Admixture

D. Strait, C. Orr, J. Hodgkins, N. Spassov, M. Gurova, C. Miller, T. Tzankov. The Human Fossil Record of Bulgaria and the Formulation of Biogeographic Hypotheses

A. Aytek, K. Harvati. The Human Fossil Record from Turkey

Part II. The Archaeological Record

A. Darlas, E. Psathi. The Middle and Upper Paleolithic on the Western Coast of the Mani Peninsula (Southern Greece)

N. Galanidou, C. Athanassas, J. Cole, G. Iliopoulos, A. Katerinopoulos, A. Magganas, J. McNabb. The Acheulian Site at Rodafnidia, Lisvori, on Lesbos, Greece: 20102012

D. Mihailović, K. Bogićević. Technological Changes and Population Movements in the Late Lower and Early Middle Paleolithic of the Central Balkans

I. Karavanić, R. Klindžić, J. Ahern, N. Čondić, I. Janković, K. Zubčić, F. Smith. Recent Research on the Croatian Middle/Upper Paleolithic Interface in the Context of Central and Southeast Europe

A. Doboş, R. Iovita. The Lower Paleolithic of Romania Revisited: New Evidence from the Site of Dealul Guran

S. Ivanova. A Route Through the Balkans and Implications for the Earliest Settlement of Europe

B. Dinçer. The Lower Paleolithic in Turkey: Anatolia and Hominin Dispersals out of Africa Running head: Lower Paleolithic in Turkey

V. Sitlivy. Technological Variability of the Middle- to- Upper Paleolithic Transition: Examples from the Balkans and Neighbouring Regions

Part III. Paleoenvironments, Biogeography and Chronology

G. Koufos, D. Kostopoulos. The Plio-Pleistocene Large Mammal Record of Greece: Implications for Early Human Dispersals into Europe

N. Spassov. Southeastern Europe as a Route for the Earliest Dispersal of Homo Toward Europe: Ecological Conditions and the Timing of the First Human Occupation of Europe

C. Doukas, K. Papayianni. Small Mammals in the Plio/Pleistocene Sediments of Greece

V. Tourloukis. On the Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Mediterranean Lower Paleolithic Sites: A Geoarchaeological Perspective



Publisher Springer
Language English
Pages 332
Illustrations b/w and color figures, maps
Binding hardback
ISBN 978-94-024-0873-7
Creation date 2017
Size 16 x 24 cm

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