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Human evolution : a guide to the debates

Author: Brian Regal
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2004.
Series: Controversies in science.
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"The history of exploring our evolutionary origins is filled with passionate debates, fascinating personalities, intellectual wrong turns, outright hoaxes, and serendipitous breakthroughs. Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates charts that history in an authoritative and engaging way, tracing the "evolution" of the controversies surrounding evolution from the first natural philosophers to the present, as new  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Regal
ISBN: 1851094180 9781851094189 1851094237 9781851094233
OCLC Number: 56617377
Description: x, 357 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Difficult ancestry --
The rock of ages and the age of rocks --
The first fossils --
The Asia hypothesis --
Africa --
Intangibles --
The peopling of the Americas --
Picturing the cavemen --
Alternative theories --
A question of relations --
The elusive hand of God --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Controversies in science.
Responsibility: Brian Regal.
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"The history of exploring our evolutionary origins is filled with passionate debates, fascinating personalities, intellectual wrong turns, outright hoaxes, and serendipitous breakthroughs. Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates charts that history in an authoritative and engaging way, tracing the "evolution" of the controversies surrounding evolution from the first natural philosophers to the present, as new evidence and new questions about the human family tree continue to emerge." "Most reference works on evolution focus on a single person, theory, or argument. Human Evolution offers a comprehensive, unbiased portrait of the entire field, addressing all aspects of the evolutionary debate - religious, social, political, and scientific. Combining impeccable scholarship and excerpts from primary documents with a wealth of insights into the people behind the arguments, this book provides readers with everything they need to weigh the information, come to their own conclusions, and even begin their own debates."--Jacket.

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Difficult Ancestry

by DocN (WorldCat user published 2007-03-12) Excellent Permalink
Regal, a historian of science, draws on many different veins to examine how humans have worked out their own evolutionary history. Most works focus on specific fossils or researchers, but this more comprehensive work looks at those areas as well as some unusual aspects of human evolution studies including...
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