In one sense, human heads function much like those of other
mammals. We use them to chew, smell, swallow, think, hear, and so
on. But, in other respects, the human head is quite unusual. Unlike
other animals, even our great ape cousins, our heads are short and
wide, very big brained, snoutless, largely furless, and perched on
a short, nearly vertical neck. Daniel E. Lieberman sets out to
explain how the human head works, and why our heads evolved in this
peculiarly human way.
Exhaustively researched and years in the making, this innovative
book documents how the many components of the head function, how
they evolved since we diverged from the apes, and how they interact
in diverse ways both functionally and developmentally, causing them
to be highly integrated. This integration not only permits the
head's many units to accommodate each other as they grow and work,
but also facilitates evolutionary change. Lieberman shows how,
when, and why the major transformations evident in the evolution of
the human head occurred. The special way the head is integrated,
Lieberman argues, made it possible for a few developmental shifts
to have had widespread effects on craniofacial growth, yet still
permit the head to function exquisitely.
This is the first book to explore in depth what happened in
human evolution by integrating principles of development and
functional morphology with the hominin fossil record. "The
Evolution of the Human Head" will permanently change the study of
human evolution and has widespread ramifications for thinking about
other branches of evolutionary biology.
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