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Smithsonian intimate guide to human origins

Author: Carl Zimmer
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Smithsonian Books ; New York, NY : Collins, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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New discoveries in the field of human evolution are changing our understanding of human origins almost daily. What does all this new knowledge about our species mean? Science journalist Zimmer offers an illuminating journey through our ancestry, beginning 65 million years ago with the first primates and ending today, as we enter a new phase of evolution. Along the way he re-examines the major steps in human  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Zimmer
ISBN: 0060829613 9780060829612 9780061196676 0061196673
OCLC Number: 62205957
Description: 176 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The clues --
2. A budding branch --
3. The walk begins --
4. The toolmakers --
5. Becoming human --
6. Sapiens --
7. The last wave --
8. Where do we go from here?
Responsibility: Carl Zimmer.
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New discoveries in the field of human evolution are changing our understanding of human origins almost daily. What does all this new knowledge about our species mean? Science journalist Zimmer offers an illuminating journey through our ancestry, beginning 65 million years ago with the first primates and ending today, as we enter a new phase of evolution. Along the way he re-examines the major steps in human evolution, as hominids began to stand upright, fashion tools and develop consciousness. What's most intriguing, he concludes, is that fossils are no longer the sole source of information about our origins--part of the story of where we came from turns out to be inscribed in our own DNA!--From publisher description.

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