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The Complete World of Human Evolution

by Chris Stringer

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This book sort of annoyed me. There are few technical terms applied here, the purpose being so that anyone can read the book and know what Stringer is referring to. Which is sort of nice, except for the actual scientists themselves. Stringer would say “thigh bone” and I would say “are you talking about the femur and if so which part of the femur?” He confused me more than helped me in a few instances. But I’m sure that is mostly just annoying to me. The majority of people probably appreciated it. Besides this, the book is very informative. It’s a must read for anyone interested in human evolution. It’s good basic information. There are plenty of good pictures, both black and white and colored, of maps, reconstructions, bones, sites, etc. I would have loved to see more pictures of the skulls and the variation between male and females in each species. Interesting and worth the read, but I’m definitely going to have to find a more technical overview. ( )
  Kassilem | Aug 14, 2013 |
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A compelling, authoritative, and superbly illustrated account of the rise and eventual domination of our species.

Human domination of the earth is now so complete that it is easy to forget how recently our role in the history of the planet began: the earliest apes evolved around twenty million years ago, yet Homo sapiens has existed for a mere 150,000 years. In the intervening period, many species of early ape and human have lived and died out, leaving behind the fossilized remains that have helped to make the detailed picture of our evolution revealed here.This exciting, up-to-the-minute account is divided into three accessible sections. "In Search of Our Ancestors" examines the contexts in which fossilized remains have been found and the techniques used to study them. "The Fossil Evidence" traces in detail the evolution of apes and humans, from Proconsul to the australopithecines, and Homo erectus to the Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. The latest fossil finds at major new sites such as Dmanisi in Georgia and Gran Dolina in Spain are appraised, and new advances in genetic studies, including the extraction of DNA from extinct human species, are evaluated. "Interpreting the Evidence" reconstructs and explains the evolution of human behavior, describing the development of tool use, the flourishing of the earliest artists, and the spread of modern humans to all corners of the world. The book is superbly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, diagrams, and specially commissioned reconstruction drawings by the artist John Sibbick. 430 illustrations, 175 in color

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In the 20 million years between the evolution of the earliest apes and the appearance of Homo Sapiens, dozens of species of early ape and human lived and died, leaving behind a fossil record that has helped to create the detailed picture of human evolution revealed in this book.… (more)

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