Sex and Cohabitation Among Early Humans

Sex and Cohabitation Among Early Humans

Anthropological and Genetic Evidence for Interbreeding Among Early Humans

1st Edition - August 1, 2022

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  • Authors: Rene Herrera, Ralph Garcia-Bertrand
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128190869

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Sex and Cohabitation Among Early Humans: Anthropological and Genetic Evidence for Interbreeding Among Early Humans explores the available information regarding interbreeding among different ancestral human species. In addition, it reviews evidence in support of cohabitation as well as cultural and technological interactions and exchanges among early humans, particularly Neanderthal-sapiens interactions. The fields of archaeology, anthropology, genetics, linguistics and molecular evolution have provided a wealth of information on the complex processes involved in human evolution. The book will help readers will develop knowledge on the complexity and multiplicity of hominins, including Homo heidelbergensis, Homo sapiens, and Homo floresiensis. Moreover, the book will help them reach a greater understanding of major topics, such as introgression, migration from Africa, the origin, development and extinction of Neanderthals, interbreeding between Neanderthals and humans, and trait continuity.

Key Features

  • Integrates genetic, evolutionary, anthropological, archaeological, anatomical, artistic and linguistic research, among other areas
  • Written in a simple and direct style that is accessible to readers from different backgrounds and levels of understanding
  • Provides an integrative and holistic overview of recent developments in research on how different interactions between ancient hominins contributed to the evolution of our species


Researchers, undergraduates and graduate students in human genetics, evolutionary biology, human evolution, human population genetics, anthropology

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Complexity and Multiplicity of Hominins in Africa and Asia
    2. The Species Concept and the Reality of Introgression
    3. Tools Used to Study Hominin Evolution
    4. The First Out of Africa Migrants
    5. Neanderthal Origin and Fossil Record
    6. Neanderthal DNA
    7. Neanderthal Habitat, Culture, Language and Intellect
    8. To What Extent Neanderthals and Modern Humans Interacted
    9. Evidence for Interbreeding Between of Neanderthals and Humans
    10. The Extinction of Neanderthals
    11. Gene Flow Involving Denisovans and Humans
    12. The Mysterious Ancestor of Contemporary Asian and Oceanic Populations
    13. Anatomical and Cultural Continuity between Homo erectus and Humans
    14. Interactions between Homo heidelbergensis and sapiens in the Indian Subcontinent
    15. Interactions Involving Homo floresiensis
    16. Ancient Hominins Interbred Extensively and Regularly in Africa
    17. Continuity of Traits Among Hominins in Asia and Oceania

Product details

  • No. of pages: 528
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: August 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128190869

About the Authors

Rene Herrera

Dr. Rene Herrera holds degrees from The City College of the City University of New York (BS), New York University (MS) and Fordham University (Ph.D). He continued his studies in molecular biology/genetic engineering as a post-doctoral associate at The Rockefeller University and New York Medical College. His areas of research include mechanisms underlying control of gene expression at the pre-mRNA splicing level, human evolution and human forensic DNA fingerprinting. He is a frequent contributor to journals in the field of human genetics. Dr. Herrera has established collaborative efforts with several leading scientists worldwide attesting to his philosophy of expanding the reaches of his research. His commitment to creating a professional foundation for future scientific generations has led him to contribute to the education of numerous students as a mentor. A total of 15 Ph.D. and 41 M.S. students obtained their degree under his supervision and hundreds of undergraduate students have benefited from his guidance in conducting research. He is an author of over 200 full length articles.

Affiliations and Expertise

Visiting Scholar, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Ralph Garcia-Bertrand

Ralph Garcia-Bertrand is a Professor of Genetics in the Molecular Biology Department at Colorado College. He holds degrees from the University of Nevada (BS, MS), and The University of California, Riverside (PhD). He continued his studies as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics, at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on human population genetics and evolution. Dr. Garcia-Bertrand has won several teaching awards and has been the Director of undergraduate education programs funded by IBM, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Freeman Foundation. He has been a subcommittee member for various NIH research, educational, and underrepresented student programs for over 22 years. He is a lifetime member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, and the National Association of Biology Teachers. He teaches general and advanced genetics, human evolution, and a course on the ethics of genetics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Verner Reed Professor of Genetics, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

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