The Evolution of Our Tribe: Hominini


Where did we come from?  What were our ancestors like?  Why do we differ from other animals?  How do scientists trace and construct our evolutionary history? The Evolution of Our Tribe: Hominini provides answers to these questions and more.  The book explores the field of paleoanthropology past and present.  Beginning over 65 million years ago, Welker traces the evolution of our species, the environments and selective forces that shaped our ancestors, their physical and cultural adaptations, and the people and places involved with their discovery and study.  It is designed as a textbook for a course on Human Evolution but can also serve as an introductory text for relevant sections of courses in Biological or General Anthropology or general interest.  It is both a comprehensive technical reference for relevant terms, theories, methods, and species and an overview of the people, places, and discoveries that have imbued paleoanthropology with such fascination, romance, and mystery.


Part I: An Introduction to Paleoanthropology

1. Paleoanthropology
2. Primate Classification
3. Primate Evolution
4. Primate Social Organization
5. What is a Hominim

Part II: Miocene Epoch

6. Sahelanthropus tchadensis
7. Orrorin tugenensis
8. Ardipithecus ramidus, Ardipithecus kadabba

Part III: Pliocene Epoch

9. Australopithecus anamensis
10. Australopithecus afarensis
11. Australopithecus bahrelghazali
12. Kenyanthropus platyops
13. Australopithecus prometheus or africanus
14. Australopithecus africanus

Part IV: Pleistocene Epoch

15. Paranthropines
16. Australopithecus/Paranthropus aethiopicus
17. Paranthropus boisei
18. Paranthropus robustus
19. Australopithecus garhi
20. Australopithecus sediba
21. Genus Homo & Homo habilis
22. Homo rudolfensis
23. Homo naledi
24. The "erectus Grade"
25. Homo ergaster
26. Homo erectus
27. Homo georgicus
28. Homo antecessor
29. Homo floresiensis
30. Homo heidelbergensis
31. The Denisovans
32. Homo neanderthalensis
33. Homo sapiens

Barbara Welker

Barbara Welker is Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo. She received her Ph.D. in 2004 from SUNY Buffalo. She is a biological anthropologist, anatomist, primatologist, and behavioral ecologist. She teaches courses in biological anthropology, e.g. “Human Evolution”, “Human Ecology”, and “Primates”, and anatomy, e.g. “Human Osteology”. Her research involves feeding ecology and color vision genetics in mantled howler monkeys in Costa Rica.