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Lowly origin : where, when, and why our ancestors first stood up

Author: Jonathan Kingdon
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, ©2003.
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"Lowly Origin is the first book to explain the sources and consequences of bipedalism to a broad audience. Along the way, it accounts for recent fossil discoveries that show us a still incomplete but much bushier family tree than most of us learned about in school." "Jonathan Kingdon uses the very latest findings from ecology, biogeography, and paleontology to build a new and up-to-date account of how four-legged  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Kingdon
ISBN: 0691050864 9780691050867 0691120285 9780691120287
OCLC Number: 49959372
Description: xx, 396 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface to a self-portrait from the center of the world --
On being a primate: from Gondwana to the forests of Egypt --
On being an ape: excursions to Asia and back --
On being a ground ape: Zanj --
On becoming a biped: evolution by basin: domes, rifts, and floodplains --
On being a manipulative man-ape: isolation in the south --
On the uncertainties of becoming human: main-line, side-line, or parallel humans? --
On going far with fire: Africans go abroad --
On being a self-made human: the modern Diaspora --
In conclusion: confessions of a repentant vandal --
Plants known to be especially favored by humans and other primates.
Responsibility: Jonathan Kingdon.
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Explains the sources and consequences of bipedalism. This book uses the findings from ecology, biogeography, and paleontology to build an account of how four-legged apes became two-legged hominins.  Read more...


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[A] remarkable new book... [I]n Kingdon we find a primate who is unafraid to give the establishment a good hard shake, and whose keen powers of observation and reasoning make him impossible to Read more...

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