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dc.contributor.authorFoley, Robert
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Lawrence
dc.contributor.authorMirazón Lahr, Marta
dc.contributor.authorStringer, Chris
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-31T06:51:33Z
dc.date.available2018-10-31T06:51:33Z
dc.date.issued2016-07-05
dc.identifier.issn1471-2970
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/284446
dc.description.abstractEvolutionary problems are often considered in terms of 'origins', and research in human evolution seen as a search for human origins. However, evolution, including human evolution, is a process of transitions from one state to another, and so questions are best put in terms of understanding the nature of those transitions. This paper discusses how the contributions to the themed issue 'Major transitions in human evolution' throw light on the pattern of change in hominin evolution. Four questions are addressed: (1) Is there a major divide between early (australopithecine) and later (Homo) evolution? (2) Does the pattern of change fit a model of short transformations, or gradual evolution? (3) Why is the role of Africa so prominent? (4) How are different aspects of adaptation-genes, phenotypes and behaviour-integrated across the transitions? The importance of developing technologies and approaches and the enduring role of fieldwork are emphasized.This article is part of the themed issue 'Major transitions in human evolution'.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherThe Royal Society
dc.subjectearly hominins
dc.subjectevolution of Homo
dc.subjecthuman evolution
dc.subjectmajor transitions in human evolution
dc.subjectAdaptation, Biological
dc.subjectAfrica
dc.subjectAnimals
dc.subjectBehavior
dc.subjectBiological Evolution
dc.subjectFossils
dc.subjectGenes
dc.subjectHominidae
dc.subjectHumans
dc.subjectPhenotype
dc.titleMajor transitions in human evolution.
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier1698
prism.publicationDate2016
prism.publicationNamePhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences
prism.volume371
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.31818
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-04-20
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1098/rstb.2015.0229
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-07-05
dc.contributor.orcidFoley, Robert [0000-0003-0479-3039]
dc.identifier.eissn1471-2970
dc.publisher.urlhttp://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/371/1698/20150229
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2016-06-13
dc.identifier.urlhttp://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/371/1698/20150229
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2017-07-31


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