Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates

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Written for those new to the subject, Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates presents the remarkable history of our understanding of human origins as it developed from the 1800s to the present. Most works on this topic focus narrowly on one individual, theory, or debate. In contrast, Human Evolution draws from a wide range of sources to offer a fully rounded portrait of the entire field.

The chapters of the book follow a basic chronological order covering the issues, personalities, and discoveries that are central to the questions and controversies surrounding human evolution. The coverage draws from a wide range of associated topics and examines not only controversies of a religious nature but also those that have little to do with religion, allowing readers to weigh the information, come to their own conclusions, and even begin their own debates.

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"This book is very well written and difficult to put down. It really excels for its comprehensive coverage of the subject."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851094189
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/17/2004
  • Series: Controversies in Science Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : difficult ancestry 1
1 The rock of ages and the age of rocks 7
2 The first fossils 37
3 The Asia hypothesis 71
4 Africa 95
5 Intangibles 117
6 The peopling of the Americas 143
7 Picturing the caveman 175
8 Alternative theories 199
9 A question of relations 231
10 The elusive hand of God 263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    controversies made clear

    As one of the more contentious issues of the current US presidential race, the idea of human evolution has direct impact on our lives. This book makes the myriad of complex and sometimes confounding theories and controversies over human evolution easy to understand. Regal writes very well and clearly and makes it a connected story and fascinating narrative that is hard to put down and exciteing the moment you start reading. He covers everything from the first debates in the 19th century up to the current Intelligent Design business. Highly recommended if you want to understand this issue regardless of which side of the arguement you are on.

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