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Copyright: 2009
Trim: 7 x 10
Pages: 456 pp.
Illustrations: 156 figures, 93 tables


Evolutionary Ecology and Archaeology

Applications to Problems in Human Evolution and Prehistory

Edited by Jack M. Broughton and Michael D. Cannon

Anthropology / Archaeology

The field of evolutionary ecology, which applies Darwinian natural selection theory to the study of adaptive design in behavior, morphology, and life history, has produced substantial advances in understanding human evolution and prehistory. Editors Jack Broughton and Michael Cannon have compiled archaeological and paleoanthropological studies that provide a foundation for sustained development of the study of the human past.

Each of the twenty-four contributions represents a key benchmark in the field. Chapters are grouped by substantive topic and/or time period. Each of the following sections includes an introduction by the editors:
• Early Hominid Evolution and Behavior
• Pleistocene Foragers and Colonists
• Post-Glacial Adaptations
• Food Production Strategies
• Cooperation and Competition in Complex Societies

This volume’s broad range of research will foster sustained development of evolutionary ecology, and like Darwin’s work nearly 150 years ago, will open wide fields of understanding of human prehistory.

Jack M. Broughton is professor of anthropology at the University of Utah. His publications include Prehistoric Human Impacts on California Birds: Evidence from the Emeryville Shellmound Avifauna and Resource Depression and Intensification during the Late Holocene, San Francisco Bay: Evidence from the Emeryville Shellmound Vertebrate Fauna.
Michael D. Cannon is a principal investigator with SWCA Environmental Consultants in Salt Lake City, and an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Utah Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on past environments and the ecology of prehistoric human subsistence in North America, particularly in the Great Basin and the Southwest.


Michael S. Alvard, Texas A & M University; K. Renee Barlow, College of Eastern Utah; Ofer Bar-Yosef, Harvard University; Frank E. Bayham, California State University, Chico; Charlotte Beck, Hamilton College; Gary E. Belovsky, Notre Dame University; Nicholas G. Blurton Jones, University of California, Los Angeles; P. Jeffrey Brantingham, University of California, Los Angeles; Jason Bright, Utah Department of Transportation; Jack M. Broughton, University of Utah; David A. Byers, Missouri State University; Michael D. Cannon, SWCA Environmental Consultants; Caitlyn R. Cook; Francoise Delpech, Université Bordeaux; Robert G. Elston, Silver City, Nevada; Cynthia M. Fadem, Washington University; Donald K. Grayson, University of Washington; Kristen J. Gremillion, Ohio State University; Kristen Hawkes, University of Utah; Kim Hill, Arizona State University; Lori Hunsaker, University of Utah; Ana Magdalena Hurtado, Arizona State University; George T. Jones, Hamilton College; Hillard Kaplan, University of New Mexico; Robert L. Kelly, University of Wyoming; Timothy A. Kohler, Washington State University; Steve L. Kuhn, University of Arizona; Lawrence A. Kuznar, Indiana University-Purdue University; Jane Lancaster, University of New Mexico; C. Owen Lovejoy, Kent State University; Duncan Metcalfe, University of Utah; Sara A. Millward, Eastern New Mexico University; Natalie D. Munro, University of Connecticut; Lisa Nagaoka, University of North Texas; Fraser Neiman, Archaeology Lab, Monticello-University of Virginia; James F. O’Connell, University of Utah; Kenneth W. Russell; Steven R. Simms, Utah State University; Mary C. Stiner, University of Arizona; Todd A. Surovell, University of Wyoming; Amanda K. Taylor, University of Washington; Eitan Tchernov, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Andrew A. Ugan, University of Utah; Carla R. Van West, SRI Foundation; David W. Zeanah, California State University, Sacramento

Table of Contents:

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword by J. F. O'Connell

1. Evolutionary Ecology and Archaeology: An Introduction

Part I. Early Hominin Evolution and Behavior
2. The Origin of Man
3. Grandmothering and the Evolution of Homo erectus
4. A Theory of Human Life History Evolution: Diet, Intelligence, and Longevity

Part II. Pleistocene Foragers and Colonists
5. An Optimal Foraging-Based Model of Hunter-Gatherer Population Dynamics
6. Changing Diet Breadth in the Early Upper Palaeolithic of Southwestern France
7. Paleolithic Population Growth Pulses Evidenced by Small Animal Exploitation
8. Hunter-Gatherer Foraging and Colonization of the Western Hemisphere
9. Should We Expect Large Game Specialization in the Late Pleistocene?: An Optimal Foraging Perspective on Early Paleoindian Prey Choice

Part III. Post-Glacial Adaptations
Section 1. Foraging, Predator-Prey Interactions, and Sexual Division of Labor
10. Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle on the Utilization of Animals in the Prehistoric Southwest
11. Plant Utility Indices: Two Great Basin Examples
12. Prey Spatial Structure and Behavior Affect Archeological Tests of Optimal Foraging Models: Examples from the Emeryville Shellmound Vertebrate Fauna
13. A Model of Central Place Forager Prey Choice and an Application to Faunal Remains from the Mimbres Valley, New Mexico
14. Sexual Division of Labor and Central Place Foraging: A Model for the Carson Desert of Western Nevada
15. Declining Foraging Efficiency and Moa Carcass Exploitation in Southern New Zealand
Section 2. The Intersection of Technology, Subsistence, and Mobility
16. A Formal Approach to the Design and Assembly of Mobile Toolkits
17. Rocks are Heavy: Transport Costs and Paleoarchaic Quarry Behavior in the Great Basin
18. The Effect of Handling Time on Subsistence Technology
19. Microlithic Technology in Northern Asia: A Risk-Minimizing Strategy of the Late Paleolithic and Early Holocene

Part IV. Food Production Strategies: Origins, Spread, and Variation
20. Diffusion and Adoption of Crops in Evolutionary Perspective
21. Bedouin Hand Harvesting of Wheat and Barley: Implications for Early Cultivation in Southwestern Asia
22. Deferred Harvests: The Transition from Hunting to Animal Husbandry
23. Predicting Maize Agriculture among the Fremont: An Economic Comparison of Farming and Foraging in the American Southwest

Part V. Cooperation and Competition in Complex Societies
24. The Calculus of Self-Interest in the Development of Cooperation: Sociopolitical Development and Risk among the Northern Anasazi
25. Conspicuous Consumption as Wasteful Advertising: A Darwinian Perspective on Spatial Patterns in Classic Maya Terminal Monumental Dates


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