By Gwen Robbins Schug
A better half to South Asia within the Past offers the definitive assessment of analysis and data approximately South Asia’s earlier, from the Pleistocene to the historical period in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, supplied by means of a very international staff of experts.
- The such a lot complete and specific scholarly remedy of South Asian archaeology and organic anthropology, offering ground-breaking new principles and destiny challenges
- Provides an in-depth and vast view of the present country of information approximately South Asia’s earlier, from the Pleistocene to the historical period in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal
- A accomplished therapy of study in an important quarter for human evolution and biocultural adaptation
- A worldwide staff of students jointly current a different set of views on South Asian pre- and proto-history
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South Asian populations have evolved and developed over many millennia, and present an incredibly diverse suite of biocultural traditions and adaptations to the subcontinent’s varied and changing landscape. These deep roots of sociocultural complexity have been increasingly explored for more than a century by anthropologists of all kinds. Scholarly interest in South Asia is burgeoning and an increasing number of scholarly books and articles attest to this exploding interest in South Asian pre‐ and protohistory.
Pilgrim (1911; 1913; 1926; 1932; 1939), Matthew (1929), and Colbert (1935) were first to consider scientific topics like systematics, evolution, and the geological setting of the Neogene Siwalik mammals of the Indian subcontinent. It is only recently that questions concerning species diversity, the dynamics of faunal turnover, community structure, and paleoecological and paleoenvironmental conditions have been addressed. Siwalik Fossil Primates Since the mid‐1830s, a variety of fossil primates have been discovered.
Traumatic injuries and skeletal markers of growth and activity in tibiae of Damdama specimens suggest repetitive or forceful biomechanical action in the lower limbs. Tall average stature and a lack of skeletal indicators of disease suggest that MLC people had food sufficiently nutritious to complete skeletal growth, despite evidence of repeated, periodic stress, evidenced in the form of enamel growth disruption. This profile is collectively consistent with a mobile foraging subsistence pattern and contrasts dramatically with predictions for the expression of these variables among sedentary agriculturalists.
A Companion to South Asia in the Past by Gwen Robbins Schug