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The Shanidar Neandertals describes the functional morphology of the Neanderthals and their place in human evolution based on a paleontological study of fossils discovered at Shanidar Cave in northeastern Iraq. Functional interpretations are provided that describe and discuss the individual fossils. The phylogenetic implications of the Shanidar specimens are also discussed.
Comprised of 14 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the Neanderthal remains from the Shanidar Cave and the paleontological data obtained from the fossils. The discussion then turns to the history of the excavations in Shanidar Cave and the discoveries of the Neanderthals; morphometrics of the Shanidar remains; and determination of the age and sex of the Shanidar Neanderthals. Subsequent chapters focus on various aspects of the Neanderthal fossils, including the cranial and mandibular remains; the dental remains; the axial skeleton; and the upper and lower limb remains. The immature remains are also described, along with bodily proportions and the estimation of stature.
This monograph will be of interest to archaeologists, anthropologists, paleontologists, and paleopathologists.
2. Shanidar Cave and the Discovery of the Shanidar Neandertals
The Site of Shanidar Cave
History of Excavations
The Neandertal Partial Skeletons
3. Morphometric Considerations
4. Age and Sex of the Shanidar Neandertals
5. The Cranial and Mandibular Remains
Artificial Deformation of the Shanidar 1 and 5 Crania
Summary of the Shanidar Skull Morphology
6. The Dental Remains
Anterior Dental Remains
Posterior Dental Remains
7. The Axial Skeleton
8. The Upper Limb Remains
9. The Lower Limb Remains
10. The Immature Remains
Upper Limb Remains
Lower Limb Remains
11. Bodily Proportions and the Estimation of Stature
Estimation of Stature
12. The Paleopathology of the Shanidar Neandertals
13. Significant Aspects of the Shanidar Neandertals
The Shanidar Sample
The Shanidar Fossils as Neandertals
Evolutionary Trends in the Shanidar Sample
The Shanidar Neandertals as Near Eastern Fossil Hominids
Phylogenetic Implications of the Shanidar Neandertals
Behavioral Implications of the Shanidar Neandertals
14. Some Thoughts on the Evolution of the Neandertals
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- © Academic Press 1983
- 28th August 1983
- Academic Press
- eBook ISBN:
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