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Last Human A Guide to Twenty-Two Species of Extinct Humans

ISBN-10: 0300100477
ISBN-13: 9780300100471
Edition: 2006
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Description: This book tells the story of human evolution, the epic ofHomo sapiensand its colorful precursors and relatives. The story begins in Africa, six to seven million years ago, and encompasses twenty known human species, of whichHomo sapiensis the sole  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6/28/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990

This book tells the story of human evolution, the epic ofHomo sapiensand its colorful precursors and relatives. The story begins in Africa, six to seven million years ago, and encompasses twenty known human species, of whichHomo sapiensis the sole survivor. Illustrated with spectacular, three-dimensional scientific reconstructions portrayed in their natural habitat developed by a team of physical anthropologists at the American Museum of Natural History and in concert with experts from around the world, the book is both a guide to extinct human species and an astonishing hominid family photo album. nbsp; The Last Humanpresents a comprehensive account of each species with information on its emergence, chronology, geographic range, classification, physiology, lifestyle, habitat, environment, cultural achievements, co-existing species, and possible reasons for extinction. Also included are summaries of fossil discoveries, controversies, and publications. What emerges from the fossil story is a new understanding ofHomo sapiens. No longer credible is the notion that our species is the end product of a single lineage, improved over generations by natural selection. Rather, the fossil record shows, we are a species with widely varied precursors, and our family tree is characterized by many branchings and repeated extinctions. Exhibition information: Photographs of most of the reconstructions that appear in this book will be featured in exhibits appearing in the new Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.nbsp; The opening of the Hall is planned for November 2006.nbsp;

Richard Milneris an Associate in Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, contributing editor atNatural Historymagazine, and Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Author of three award-winning books on evolution, he has published articles inScientific Americanand other science magazines and has been featured on the History, Discovery, and Animal Planet channels, as well as on BBC Two andNova.Milner has performed his one-man musical Charles Darwin: Live & In Concert in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and in Darwin's beloved Galaacute;pagos Islands.

Foreword
We Were Not Alone: Introduction
Twenty-Two Species of Extinct Human Ancestors
The Earliest African Hominids
Morning Encounters
Sahelanthropus tchadensis
Orrorin tugenensis
Ardipithecus ramidus and kadabba
Omo, Lake Turkana, and Awash Basins and the Appearance of the Human Lineage
A Much Welcomed Visit
Australopithecus anamensis
We Are Family
Kenyanthropus platyops
The First Nomad?
Australopithecus afarensis
Dispatching a Mortal Enemy
Paranthropus aethiopicus
The First Tool-Using Scavenger?
Australopithecus garhi
The South African Fossil Caves Sites
The Animal Trap
Australopithecus africanus
To Live and Die on the High Veldt
Paranthropus robustus/crassidens
Back to the East African Great Rift Valley and the Appearance of Homo
A Two Leg Advantage
Homo rudolfensis
The Luck of the Pygmy
Homo habilis
In the Shadow of Man
Paranthropus boisei
When Opportunity Knocks
Homo ergaster
From Africa to Asia?
A Handful of Know-How
Homo georgicus
Eve Without Adam
Homo erectus
A Winter Night's Desperation
Homo pekinensis
An Island Sunset for the Little People
Homo floresiensis
Africa, Europe, and then the World
The Ultimate Competitor
Homo antecessor
How to Grow a Sugarplum Tree
Homo rhodesiensis
Greed and Equality
Homo heldelbergensis
Hunters and Hunted
Homo neanderthalensis
Then There Was One
Homo sapiens
Afterword
The Search for Faces of the Past
Portraits of Prehistory: Imaging Our Ancestors
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

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