The History of Our Tribe: Hominini

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Barbara Welker, SUNY Geneseo

Pub Date: 2017

ISBN 13: 978-1-9423414-0-6

Publisher: Open SUNY

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Reviewed by Christine Boston, Assistant Professor, Lincoln University (Missouri), on 6/20/2018.

While the front matter of this textbook suggests that this is a textbook meant to cover physical anthropological subject matter this textbook … read more



Reviewed by Brian Peasnall, Associate Professor, University of Delaware, on 5/22/2018.

The comprehensive nature of the material presented in this textbook was uneven. While some topics such as primate social organization was thorough … read more



Reviewed by Mary Baker, Professor, Rhode Island College, on 5/22/2018.

This a great undergraduate-level text focusing on human paleontology that fills a gap between less detailed introductory texts and more complex or … read more


Table of Contents

About the Book

Reviewer's Notes



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. Gracile Australopiths
  • 10. Australopithecus anamensis
  • 11. Australopithecus afarensis
  • 12. Australopithecus bahrelghazali
  • 13. Kenyanthropus platyops
  • 14. Australopithecus prometheus or africanus
  • 15. Australopithecus africanus

Part IV: Pleistocene Epoch

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



About the Book

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 History 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.

About the Contributors


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.