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Ref ID: 23750
Ref Type: Book Section
Authors: Eckhardt, Robert B.
Title: Paleoanthropology, a science in need of a theoretical framework: the Liang Bua example
Date: 2007
Source: Recent Advances on Southeast Asian Paleoanthropology and Archaeology: Proceedings International Seminar on Southeast Asian Paleoanthropology
Place of Publication: Yogyakarta
Publisher: Laboratory of Bioanthropology and Paleoanthropology, Faculty of Medicine, Gadja Mada University
Notes: Held July 23-25, 2007 Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Abstract: <p>This paper considers critically some interpretations of the evolutionary relationship of LB1 and associated skeletal material from the Liang Bua Cave, Flores, Indonesia, with other hominin populations. The overview is provided to help other researchers understand how approaches commonly used in paleoanthropology have failed to provide a reliable, systematic framework for interpreting a body of material evidence widely perceived as important in the field, and some of the major causes of this failure. The unavoidable conclusion is that many paleoanthropologist use a typological approach in which a particular formalistic methodology (cladistics) structures analytical outcomes into discontinuous patterns that tend to obscure continuities among populations and to direct attention away from more dynamic aspects of evolutionary process.</p>
Date Created: 4/9/2008
Editors: Indriati, Etty
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