Publications

Here you can find highlights of AppEEL's group publications;

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Special Issues

Springer IER-Series: Interdisciplinary Evolution Research

About the Series

The series provides a scholarly platform for the growing demand to examine specific evolutionary problems of life and the sociocultural domain from within multiple disciplines. Interdisciplinary Evolution Research does not adhere to one specific academic field, one specific school of thought, or one specific evolutionary theory. Rather, it investigates well-defined evolutionary problems from inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives enabling scholars to develop unified jargon and methodology. Editors-in-Chief are Nathalie Gontier & Olga Pombo.

Published Anthologies

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Forthcoming Anthologies (publication expected in 2018)

  • The Evolution of Social Cognition in Primates, Laura Desiree di Paola et al. (eds)

Reviews

Cultural Phylogenetics book

Reticulate Evolution book

Macroevolution book

Social Communications Book

Oxford Handbook on Human Symbolic Evolution (Lock A, Sinha C, Gontier N, eds), forthcoming in 2019

This Handbook will function as a follow up of the 1996 edition composed by Andrew Lock and Charles Peters.

The new edition contains 40 chapters organized into 6 parts. Part 1 integrates contemporary evolutionary biological thought that is moving toward an extended synthesis, offering the possibility of rethinking the causal nexus driving human symbolic evolution. Part 2 details how these extended evolutionary theories provide new tools to identify the units (defining features) and levels (biological and sociocultural loci) of symbolic behavior across space and time; offering new ways of determining which of our human ancestors were behaviorally and symbolically modern. Part 3 summarizes and synthesizes competing archeological hypotheses and theories on the pace whereby symbolism evolved. Part 4 examines how cognitive primatology and comparative psychology contribute significantly to clarifying what counts as evidence for symbolic capacities and practices in human, primate and other animal lineages. Part 5 turns to the expanding field of language origin and evolution studies. Part 6 takes us to the current age and scholars examine where our symbolic evolution has brought us, and how the invention of writing, digitalization, globalization, multiculturalism and transhumanism brings forth an overall techno-scientific realm of extended and global minds that surpass the biological, cognitive and sociocultural.

The new Handbook is accompanied by online supplementary material.

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