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Masters of the planet : seeking the origins of human singularity

Auteur : Ian Tattersall
Éditeur: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Édition/format:   Livre imprimé : AnglaisVoir toutes les éditions et tous les formats
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"When homo sapiens made their entrance 100,000 years ago they were confronted by a wide range of other early humans--homo erectus, who walked better and used fire; homo habilis who used tools; and of course the Neanderthals, who were brawny and strong. But shortly after their arrival, something happened that vaulted the species forward and made them the indisputable masters of the planet. This book is devoted to  Lire la suite...
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Type de document: Livre
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs: Ian Tattersall
ISBN: 9780230108752 023010875X
Numéro OCLC: 733231407
Description: xxii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contenu: Ancient origins --
The rise of the bipedal apes --
Early hominid lifestyles and the interior world --
Australopith variety --
Striding out --
Life on the savanna --
Out of Africa- and back --
The first cosmopolitan hominid --
Ice ages and early Europeans --
Who were the Neanderthals? --
Archaic and modern --
Enigmatic arrival --
The origin of symbolic behavior --
In the beginning was the word.
Responsabilité: Ian Tattersall.

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50,000 years ago - merely a blip in evolutionary time - our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species. Yet something about our species separated it from the  Lire la suite...

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