Masters of the Planet The Search for Our Human Origins

ISBN-10: 1137278307

ISBN-13: 9781137278302

Edition: 2013

Authors: Ian Tattersall

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Fifty thousand years ago—merely a blip in evolutionary time—ourHomo sapiensancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as their precursors had done for millions of years. Yet something about our species distinguished it from the pack, and ultimately led to its survival while the rest became extinct. Just what was it that allowedHomo sapiensto become masters of the planet? Ian Tattersall, curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, takes us deep into the fossil record to uncover what made humans so special. Surveying a vast field from initial bipedality to language and intelligence, Tattersall argues thatHomo sapiensacquired a winning combination of traits that was not the result of long-term evolutionary refinement. Instead, the final result emerged quickly, shocking our world and changing it forever.
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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 5/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Major Events in Human Evolution
Prologue
Ancient Origins
The Rise of the Bipedal Apes
Early Hominid Lifestyles and the Interior World
Australopith Variety
Striding Out
Life on the Savanna
Out of Africa … and Back
The First Cosmopolitan Hominid
Ice Ages and Early Europeans
Who Were The Neanderthals?
Archaic and Modern
Enigmatic Arrival
The Origin of Symbolic Behavior
In the Beginning was the Word
Coda
Acknowledgments
Notes and Bibliography
Index
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