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Shaping humanity : how science, art, and imagination help us understand our origins

Author: John Gurche
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What did earlier humans really look like? What was life like for them, millions of years ago? How do we know? In this book, internationally renowned paleo-artist John Gurche describes the extraordinary process by which he creates forensically accurate and hauntingly realistic representations of our ancient humans ancestors. Inspired by a lifelong fascination with all things pre-historic and gifted with a unique  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gurche
ISBN: 9780300182026 0300182023
OCLC Number: 843025781
Description: xvi, 345 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Beginnings : Sahelanthropus tchadensis (6 to 7 million years ago) --
Walkers and climbers : Australopithecus afarensis (3.6 to 2.9 million years ago) --
The impossible discovery : Australopithecus africanus (3.3 to 2. 1 million years ago) --
The paradoxical specialist : Paranthropus boisei (2.3. to 1.0 million years ago) --
Interlude: Transitional hominins and the origin of Homo --
The traveler : Homo erectus (1.8 to 0.1 million years ago) --
A symbolic animal : Homo heidelbergensis (0.7 to 0.2 million years ago) --
The other : Homo neanderthalensis (0.25 to 0.027 million years ago) --
The unlikely survivor : Homo floresiensis (0.095 to 0.017 million years ago) --
Linked : Homo sapiens (0.2 million years ago --?) --
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Responsibility: John Gurche.

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