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Introduction Rethinking the Human Revolution: Eurasian and African Perspectives 1 PAUL MELLARS Part I Biological and Demographic Perspectives on Modern Human Origins Chapter 1 The Origin and Dispersal of Homo sapiens: Our Current State of Knowledge 15 CHRIS STRINGER Chapter 2 Complete MtDNA Sequences - Quest on 'Out-of-Africa' Route Completed? 21 TOOMAS KIVISILD Chapter 3 New Phylogenetic Relationships for Y-chromosome Haplogroup I: Reappraising its Phylogeography and Prehistory 33 PETER A. UNDERHILL, NATALIE M. MYRES, SIIRI RoOTSI, CHERYL-EMILIANE T. CHOW, ALICE A. LIN, ROBERT P. OTILLAR, ROY KING, LEv A. ZHIVOTOVSKY, OLEG BALANOVSKY, ANDREY PSHENICHNOV, KATHLEEN H. RITCHIE, L. LUCA CAVALLI-SFORZA, TOOMAS KIVISILD, RICHARD VILLEMS & SCOTT R. WOODWARD Part II Cognitive Perspectives on Modern Human Origins Chapter 4 Body Ornamentation as Information Technology: Towards an Understanding of the Significance of Early Beads 45 STEVEN L. KUHN & MARY C. STINER Chapter 5 The Significance of 'Acculturation' Depends on the Meaning of 'Culture' 55 PHILIP G. CHASE Chapter 6 Putting It All Together: a Constructionist Approach to the Evolution of Human Mental Capacities 67 KATHLEEN R. GIBSON Chapter 7 Did a Small but Significant Enhancement in Working Memory Capacity Power the Evolution of Modern Thinking? 79 THOMAS WYNN & FREDERICK L. COOLIDGE Chapter 8 The Social Brain and the Cultural Explosion of the Human Revolution 91 ROBIN I.M. DUNBAR Chapter 9 Did Syntax Trigger the Human Revolution? 99 DEREK BICKERTON Chapter 10 Music and the Origin of Modern Humans 107 STEVEN MITHEN Part III The Archaeological and Behavioural Records in Southern and Eastern Africa Chapter 11 Fully Symbolic Sapiens Behaviour: Innovations in the Middle Stone Age at Blombos Cave, South Africa 123 CHRISTOPHER STUART HENSHILWOOD Chapter 12 Down with the Revolution 133 SALLY MCBREARTY Chapter 13 Context and Chronology of Early Homo sapiens Fossils from the Omo Kibish Formation, Ethiopia 153 JOHN J. SHEA, JOHN G. FLEAGLE & ZELALEM ASSEFA Part IV The Archaeological and Behavioural Records in Central and Northern Africa and the Near East Chapter 14 Modern Is as Modern Does? Technological Trends and Thresholds in the South-central African Record 165 LAWRENCE BARHAM Chapter 15 Abrupt Climatic Change and Chronology of the Upper Palaeolithic in Northern and Eastern Morocco 177 R. NICK E. BARTON, ABDELJALIL BOUZOUGGAR, CHRISTOPHER BRONK RAMSEY, SIMON COLLCUTT, THOMAS F.G. HIGHAM, LOUISE T. HUMPHREY, SIMON PARFITT, EDWARD J. RHODES, JEAN-Luc SCHWENNINGER, CHRIS STRINGER, ELAINE TURNER & STEVEN WARD Chapter 16 The Place of Northeast Africa in the Early History of Modern Humans: New Data and Interpretations on the Middle Stone Age 187 PHILIP VAN PEER & PIERRE M. VERMEERSCH Chapter 17 From the Beginning: Levantine Upper Palaeolithic Cultural Change and Continuity 199 ANNA BELFER-COHEN & A. NIGEL GORING-MORRIS Chapter 18 The Dispersal of Modern Humans in Eurasia: a Cultural Interpretation 207 OFER BAR-YOSEF Chapter 19 The Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Evolutionary Discontinuity in the Late Pleistocene Levant 219 JOHN J. SHEA Part V The Demographic and Archaeological Records in Europe Chapter 20 What Can Neanderthals Tell Us About Modern Origins? 235 JEAN-JACQUES HUBLIN Chapter 21 The Pe§tera cu Oase People, Europe's Earliest Modern Humans 249 JoAo ZILH O, ERIK TRINKAUS, SILVIU CONSTANTIN, 5TEFAN MILOTA, MIRCEA GHERASE, LAURENTIU SARCINA, ADRIAN DANCIU, HLftNE ROUGIER, JEROME QUILhS & RICARDO RODRIGO Chapter 22 Re-evaluating the Aurignacian as an Expression of Modern Human Mobility and Disperal 263 WILLIAM DAVIES Chapter 23 Evolution or Revolution? New Evidence for the Origin of Symbolic Behaviour In and Out of Africa 275 FRANCESCO D'ERRICO & MARIAN VANHAEREN Chapter 24 Systems of Personal Ornamentation in the Early Upper Palaeolithic: Methodological Challenges and New Observations 287 RANDALL WHITE Chapter 25 Changing Biodiversity and Complexity across the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic Transition 303 KATIE BOYLE Part VI The Archaeological and Behavioural Records in Central and Eastern Europe Chapter 26 The Significance of Blade Technologies in the Period 50-35 kyr BP for the Middle Palaeolithic- Upper Palaeolithic Transition in Central and Eastern Europe 317 JANUSZ K. KOZLOWSKI Chapter 27 On Modern Human Penetration to Northern Eurasia: the Multiple Advances Hypothesis 329 JIRi A. SVOBODA Chapter 28 Social Intimacy, Artefact Visibility and Acculturation Models of Neanderthal-Modern Human Interaction 341 GILBERT B. TOSTEVIN Chapter 29 Arguments for Population Movement of Anatomically Modern Humans from Central Asia to Europe 359 MARCEL OTTE Chapter 30 Heading North: an Africanist Perspective on the Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans 367 CURTIs W. MAREAN Part VII Asian and Australasian Perspectives Chapter 31 Mind the Gap: Factoring the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Subcontinent into Out of Africa Models 383 MICHAEL D. PETRAGLIA Chapter 32 Pre-LGM Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea) and the Archaeology of Early Modern Humans 395 JAMES F. O'CONNELL & JIM ALLEN Chapter 33 Through the Looking Glass: New Evidence on the Presence and Behaviour of Late Pleistocene Humans at Niah Cave, Sarawak, Borneo 411 RYAN RABETT & GRAEME BARKER