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Masters of the Planet The Search for Our Human Origins

ISBN: 9781137278302 | 1137278307
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub. Date: 5/28/2013

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Fifty thousand years agomerely a blip in evolutionary timeour Homo 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 allowed Homo 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 that Homo 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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