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Accidental Species Misunderstandings of Human Evolution

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ISBN-10: 0226284883

ISBN-13: 9780226284880

Edition: 2013

Authors: Henry Gee

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The idea of a missing link between humanity and our animal ancestors predates evolution and popular science and actually has religious roots in the deist concept of the Great Chain of Being. Yet, the metaphor has lodged itself in the contemporary imagination, and new fossil discoveries are often hailed in headlines as revealing the elusive transitional step, the moment when we stopped being “animal” and started being “human.” In The Accidental Species, Henry Gee, longtime paleontology editor at Nature, takes aim at this misleading notion, arguing that it reflects a profound misunderstanding of how evolution works and, when applied to the evolution of our own species, supports mistaken ideas…    
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface: No More Missing Links
An Unexpected Party
All About Evolution
Losing it
The Beowulf Effect
Shadows of the Past
The Human Error
The Way We Walk
The Dog and the Atlatl
A Cleverness of Crows
The Things We Say
The Way We Think
Afterword: The Tangled Bank