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By Gwen Robbins Schug

A significant other to South Asia within the Past offers the definitive assessment of analysis and information approximately South Asia’s prior, from the Pleistocene to the old period in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, supplied via a really international staff of experts.

  • The such a lot entire and designated scholarly remedy of South Asian archaeology and organic anthropology, offering ground-breaking new principles and destiny challenges 
  • Provides an in-depth and extensive view of the present kingdom of data approximately South Asia’s earlier, from the Pleistocene to the historical period in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal
  • A complete remedy of analysis in a very important zone for human evolution and biocultural adaptation
  • A worldwide workforce of students jointly current a different set of views on South Asian pre- and proto-history

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The area has acquired a high drainage density with rapid erosion and an overall topography similar to that of badlands (Howard, 1994). Traditionally, paleontologists follow Pilgrim’s (1913) biostratigraphic classification, which divides the Siwalik Group into three subgroups: lower, middle, and upper Siwalik. Each subgroup is divisible into formations: lower Siwalik subgroup—Kamlial Formation and Chinji Formation; middle Siwalik subgroup—Nagri Formation and Dhokpathan Formation; upper Siwalik subgroup—Tatrot Formation, Pinjor Formation, and Boulder Conglomerate Formation.

In Chapter 15, Prabodh Shirvalkar and Esha Prasad describe the archaeology of the late Holocene on the Deccan Plateau of peninsular India (what is commonly known as the Deccan Chalcolithic). This chapter focuses on the archaeological record of three major sites, Nevasa, Daimabad, and Inamgaon, and provides a detailed discussion of theories regarding the origin and decline of this culture, the ceramic styles, settlement pattern and public architecture, material culture, subsistence, religion, and trade contacts.

Of the various fossil apes, the most interesting history has been of “Ramapithecus,” which was first reported by Lewis in 1934 (Lewis, 1934; 1937a; 1937b). The interest in this primate reached its peak when it was considered as a forerunner of Plio‐Pleistocene hominids (Chopra, 1979; 1983; Chopra and Vasishat 1984; Conroy, 1972; Lewis, 1933; 1937a; 1937b; Prasad, 1982; Simons, 1961; 1964; 1976; Tattersall, 1975). However, subsequent investigators (Greenfield, 1979; Pilbeam, 1986) questioned the distinction between fossils labeled Ramapithecus and Sivapithecus; eventually, they synonymized it under Sivapithecus, where it stays until today.

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