Made in Africa: Hominin Explorations and the Australian Skeletal Evidence describes and documents the largest collection of modern human remains in the world from its time period. These Australian fossils, which represent modern humans at the end of their great 20,000 km journey from Africa, may be reburied in the next two years at the request of the Aboriginal community.
Part one of the book provides an overview of modern humans, their ancestors, and their journeys, explores the construct of human evolution over the last two and half million years, and defines the background to the first hominins and later modern humans to leave Africa, cross the world and meet other archaic peoples who had also travelled and undergone similar evolutionary pathways.
Part two focuses on Australia and the evidence for its earliest people. The Willandra Lakes fossils represent the earliest arrivals and are the largest and most diverse late Pleistocene collection from this part of the world. Although twenty to twenty-five thousand years younger than the oldest archaeological site in Australia, they exemplify the migrating end-point of the human story that reflect a diversity and culture not recorded elsewhere in the world.
Part three records the Willandra Lake Collection itself from a photographic and descriptive perspective.
Evolutionary biologists and geneticists will find this book to be a valuable documentation of the 20,000 km hominid migration from Africa to the most distant parts of the world, and of the challenges and findings of the Willandra Lake Collection.
- Provides perspective for dispersal of the earliest hominins from Africa and the possible routes they took
- Describes both the evolutionary development and demographic exit of intermediate and modern humans from Africa and incorporates the final stages of modern human migrations
- Provides a full documentation of the Willandra Lakes skeletal collection and its place in developing a picture of the earliest as well as later Aboriginal Australians
Evolutionary biologists, evolutionary geneticists, developmental biologists, biology graduates and post-graduates, palaeontologists, ecologists;
PART 1 THE LONGEST WALK
1. A View from Kakadu
2. Ancestors of the Ancestors
3. Leaving Africa
4. AE3: On the Road Again
PART 2 PEOPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD
5. History and Geography of the Willandra Lakes Collection
6. Osteological Features of WLH 1, 2 and 3
7. One of a Kind: WLH 50
8. Impenetrable Obscurity
PART 3 THE WILLANDRA LAKE COLLECTION: A RECORD
9. A Descriptive Overview of the First Australians
10. Photographic and Descriptive Catalogue of the WLC
Postscript: The Legacy of Modern Humans
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- 9th May 2018
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Professor Steve Webb currently serves as Professor of Australian Studies at Bond University, Australia. He has worked with the Federal Government and Indigenous agencies extensively, playing a significant role in the repatriation of Aboriginal skeletal remains from Australian and overseas museums to Aboriginal communities. This work has given him a broad understanding of past and present Aboriginal society and the issues facing Aboriginal people.
Professor of Australian Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bond University, Australia