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Brain for All Seasons Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change

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ISBN-10: 0226092038

ISBN-13: 9780226092034

Edition: 2003

Authors: William H. Calvin

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'A Brain For All Seasons' examines human evolution with regard to climate change. It argues that the size and complexity of the human brain is linked to the race for survival during past abrupt climate changes.
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Book details

List price: $17.50
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

William H. Calvin is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. His books include The Cerebral Code (MIT Press, 1996).

Preamble
51[degree]N 0[degree]E Darwin's home: Catastrophic gradualism
51[degree]N 0[degree]W Evolution House, Kew Gardens: The Darwinian Quality Bootstrap
51[degree]N 1[degree]E Down among the fossils: All of those chimp-human differences
49[degree]N 2[degree]E Musee de l'Homme in Paris: The Ghost of Habitats Past
50[degree]N 8[degree]E Bockenheim: Tracing roots back to the Big Bang
52[degree]N 5[degree]E Layover Limbo: IQ and evolution's package deals
22[degree]N 14[degree]E Contemplating the Sahara: Why climate can suddenly flip
0[degree]N 22[degree]E Latitude Zero: Population fluctuations and refugia
19[degree]S 23[degree]E Okavango Delta: The island advantage
25[degree]S 16[degree]E Sossusvlei Dunes: Hominid opportunities in deserts?
26[degree]S 28[degree]E Sterkfontein Caves: The big change in hominid diet
34[degree]S 18[degree]E Cape of Good Hope: The turning point that wasn't
1[degree]S 37[degree]E Nairobi: Creating new species from old ones
2[degree]S 36[degree]E Olorgesailie: The easiest tool of all
0[degree]S 36[degree]E Kariandusi: A layer cake of handaxes
0[degree]S 36[degree]E Lake Nakuru: Where droughts cause a boom time
1[degree]N 36[degree]E Lake Baringo: The earliest hominids
1[degree]S 36[degree]E Lake Naivasha: Droughts even in good times
3[degree]S 35[degree]E Olduvai Gorge: Degrees of separation
1[degree]S 35[degree]E Maasai Mara: The Crash-Boom-Boom cycle
20[degree]N 15[degree]E Libya by moonlight: The last big step toward humans
52[degree]N 5[degree]E Layover Limbo (again): The Little Ice Age and its witch hunts
56[degree]N 13[degree]E Copenhagen's ice cores: Slow ice ages and abrupt whiplashes
56[degree]N 13[degree]E The plane where it's always noon: How ice age climate got the shakes
60[degree]N 11[degree]E High above Oslo: The ocean has a conveyor belt
63[degree]N 6[degree]E Out over the sinking Gulf Stream: Dan's coffee cream trick
71[degree]N 9[degree]W Jan Mayen Island: Flushing the Gulf Stream
72[degree]N 12[degree]W The Greenland Sea: Losing the first Panama Canal
74[degree]N 19[degree]W Greenland fjords: What stops the conveyor
75[degree]N 40[degree]W Atop Greenland: Why melting can cause cooling
78[degree]N 69[degree]W Thule: Rube Goldberg cause-and-effect
73[degree]N 95[degree]W Somerset Island: North Poles aren't what they used to be
68[degree]N 105[degree]W Crossing the North American coast: How we might stabilize climate
62[degree]N 114[degree]W Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: Feedbacks in the greenhouse
49[degree]N 123[degree]W Bumpy border crossing: Managing high-risk situations
Afterthoughts
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Chapter Notes
Subject Index