The First Americans: The Pleistocene Colonization of the New World.
Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences, No. 27.
Jablonski, N.G., ed. 2002.
As modern humans spread around the globe, the Americas represented the final continental frontier. These first colonists were modern in appearance and technology, but who were they and when did they arrive? Traditional answers to these questions have come under increasing scrutiny in the face of new findings from artifacts, skeletal remains, genes, and languages. The peopling of the Americas has become one of archeology's most compelling and contentious subjects, as these new lines of inquiry and evidence reveal a more complex picture. In The First Americans: The Pleistocene Colonization of the New World, distinguished scientists from the fields of archeology, physical anthropology, paleoecology, genetics, and linguistics assess the latest evidence from Siberia to Chile and other provocative ideas for how, when, and where humans entered the Americas.
331 pages. Soft cover $35; Hard cover $65.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Changing Perspectives of the First Americans: Insights Gained and Paradigms Lost
Nina G. Jablonski
Chapter 2 Setting the Stage: Environmental Conditions in Beringia as People Entered the New World
Scott A. Elias
Chapter 3 What Do You Do When No One's Been There Before? Thoughts on the Exploration and Colonization of New Lands
David J. Meltzer
Chapter 4 Anatomically Modern Humans, Maritime Voyaging, and the Pleistocene Colonization of the Americas
Jon M. Erlandson
Chapter 5 Facing the Past: A View of the North American Human Fossil Record
D. Gentry Steele & Joseph F. Powell
Chapter 6 Teeth, Needles, Dogs, and Siberia: Bioarcheological Evidence for the Colonization of the New World
Christie G. Turner II
Chapter 7 The Migrations and Adaptations of the First Americans: Clovis and Pre-Clovis Viewed from South America
A.C. Roosevelt, John Douglas & Linda Brown
Chapter 8 Plant Food and its Implications for the Peopling of the New World: A View from South America
Tom D. Dillehay & Jack Rossen
Chapter 9 Ocean Trails and Prairie Paths: Thoughts about Clovis Origins
Dennis Stanford & Bruce Bradley
Chapter 10 The First American Languages
Chapter 11 A Mitochondrial Perspective on the Peopling of the New World
D. Andrew Merriwether