The Human Story
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How did we develop from simple animals inhabiting small pockets of forest in Africa to Earth’s dominant species? Traveling back almost eight million years, Evolution: The Human Story offers the best answers we have today.
Alice Roberts has divided this visually stunning book into several sections:
• The first places the story of human evolution in historical context and lays the foundations for understanding the processes of evolution and the formation of the fossil record. It also explores the techniques scientists use to unearth and understand the evidence of our past.
• We then focus on primates past and present, allowing comparisons between us and other apes.
• A subsequent section offers a comprehensive illustrated catalog of ancient hominin species, up to and including our own. These include nearly two dozen species, from Ardipithecus ramidus and Orrorin tugensis through Homo heidelbergensis and Homo neanderthalensis.
• From here, it examines the spread of early hominin species out of Africa, and then describes how modern humans came to colonize every continent.
• The final section looks at the revolutionary transition from hunter-gathering to a settled life at the dawn of the Neolithic, and takes us into the Bronze Age.
The book investigates each of our ancestors in detail, from the anatomy of their bones to the environment they lived in. Study of their fossil bones reveals what they ate, how they moved, and even what diseases they had to contend with. Add to this the recovery of stone tools, bone and stone carvings, and early art, and this book takes on a depth and fascination that is hard to resist. Throughout the book, we are treated to amazingly realistic CGI and model reconstructions, bringing us face to face with some of our distant ancestors.
Evolution: The Human Story recounts the human adventure in a uniquely eye-catching and informative way.
Hardcover Book : 256 pages
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, Inc. ( September 01, 2011 )
Item #: 13-407350
Product Dimensions: 10.0 x 11.875 inches
Product Weight: 57.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)