Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

1. Introduction 1

Interlude 1: Creationism and Other Brainstorms 29

2. Evolution of the Miocene Great Apes 35

3. The Later Miocene and Early Pliocene Hominids 59

Interlude 2: The Importance of Being an Ape 79

4. Our Kind of Hominins 83

5. A Systematic Scheme for the Pliocene and Early

Pleistocene Hominids 105

Interlude 3: Of Men's Beards and Peacock's Tails 151

6. The First African Exodus: The Emergence of Early Homo in Europe and Asia 157

7. Human Evolution in the Middle Pleistocene 181

Interlude 4: The Geography of Humanity 201

8. "The Grisly Folk": The Emergence of the Neanderthals 207

9. The Second African Exodus: The Emergence of

Modern Humans 233

10. The Emergence of Modern Humans in Asia and Australia 251

Interlude 5: Milford Wolpoff in the Garden of Eden 275

11. Epilogue 279

Appendix: Detailed Description of Characters (DWC) 287

References 345

Index 395

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