The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul / Edition 1

The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul / Edition 1

by Alan Walker, Pat Shipman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674016750

ISBN-13: 9780674016750

Pub. Date: 04/15/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This book offers a unique insider's perspective on the unfolding discovery of a crucial link in our evolution: Proconsul, a fossil ape named whimsically after a performing chimpanzee called Consul.

The Ape in the Tree is written in the voice of Alan Walker, whose involvement with Proconsul began when his graduate supervisor

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This book offers a unique insider's perspective on the unfolding discovery of a crucial link in our evolution: Proconsul, a fossil ape named whimsically after a performing chimpanzee called Consul.

The Ape in the Tree is written in the voice of Alan Walker, whose involvement with Proconsul began when his graduate supervisor analyzed the tree-climbing adaptations in the arm and hand of this extinct creature. Today, Proconsul is the best-known fossil ape in the world.

The history of ideas is set against the vivid adventures of Walker's fossil-hunting expeditions in remote regions of Africa, where the team met with violent thunderstorms, dangerous wildlife, and people isolated from the Western world. Analysis of the thousands of new Proconsul specimens they recovered provides revealing glimpses of the life of this last common ancestor between apes and humans.

The attributes of Proconsul have profound implications for the very definition of humanness. This book speaks not only of an ape in a tree but also of the ape in our tree.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016750
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note

Prologue

1. Luck and Unluck

2. Love and the Tree

3. An Arm and a Leg

4. The Lost and the Found

5. Back to the Miocene

6. An Embarrassment of Riches

7. How Did It Move?

8. How Many Proconsuls?

9. How Many Apes?

10. Something to Chew On

11. More on Teeth

12. Listening to the Past

Pronunciation of African Place Names

Notes

Index

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