Lone Survivors How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth

ISBN-10: 1250023300
ISBN-13: 9781250023308
Edition: N/A
Authors: Chris Stringer
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List price: $18.50
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 7/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In this groundbreaking and engaging work of science, world-renowned paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer sets out a new theory of humanity's origin, challenging both the multiregionalists (who hold that modern humans developed from ancient ancestors in different parts of the world) and his own "out of Africa" theory, which maintains that humans emerged rapidly in one small part of Africa and then spread to replace all other humans within and outside the continent. Stringer's new theory, based on archeological and genetic evidence, holds that distinct humans coexisted and competed across the African continent - exchanging genes, tools, and behavioral strategies.Stringer draws on analyses of old and new fossils from around the world, DNA studies of Neanderthals (using the full genome map) and other species, and recent archeological digs to unveil his new theory. He shows how the most sensational recent fossil findings fit with his model, and he questions previous concepts (including his own) of modernity and how it evolved.Lone Survivors is the definitive account of who and what we were, and will change perceptions about our origins and about what it means to be human.

Chris Stringer is Britain's foremost expert on human origins and works in the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum. He also currently directs the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project, aimed at reconstructing the first detailed history of how and when Britain was occupied by early humans. His previous books include African Exodus: The Origins of Modern Humanity, The Complete World of Human Evolution and most recently, Homo Britannicus, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book of the Year in 2007.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Big Questions
Unlocking the Past
What Lies Beneath
Finding the Way Forward
Behaving in a Modern Way: Mind Reading and Symbols
Behaving in a Modern Way: Technology and Lifeways
Genes and DNA
Making a Modern Human
The Past and Future Evolution of Our Species
Sources and Suggested Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

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