Masters of the Planet The Search for Our Human Origins
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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 5/28/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Major Events in Human Evolution|
|The Rise of the Bipedal Apes|
|Early Hominid Lifestyles and the Interior World|
|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|
|The Origin of Symbolic Behavior|
|In the Beginning was the Word|
|Notes and Bibliography|