Human Origins: The Search for Our Beginnings

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What is the origin of the human species? This clear, exciting book explains both the earliest and the most recent theories and describes thinking based on the bible as well as that grounded in scientific observation. In these pages you'll see the fossil record, learn what it contains - and what it, tantalizingly, doesn't - and meet the researchers who interpret it.

The most basic question of existence--where did Homo sapiens come from?--remains one of the most ...

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Overview

What is the origin of the human species? This clear, exciting book explains both the earliest and the most recent theories and describes thinking based on the bible as well as that grounded in scientific observation. In these pages you'll see the fossil record, learn what it contains - and what it, tantalizingly, doesn't - and meet the researchers who interpret it.

The most basic question of existence--where did Homo sapiens come from?--remains one of the most intriguing. With an emphasis on fascinating new research, this enlightening, authoritative, and easy-to-read book describes more than 2,000 years of thinking on human origins and introduces readers to theories, both religious and scientific in nature. 188 illustrations, 131 in color.

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YA-Visually formatted in short text blocks surrounded with images, the major theories, personalities, and issues surrounding early humans are accurately presented. Brief explanations of how theories changed through time, as new evidence was unearthed, and as scientific observations conflicted with biblical creationism are given. Extensive use of photographs, diagrams, drawings, and maps reinforce the text. Copies of several key primary-source documents from the evolution debate are included. While not an end-all resource on the topic, this volume can be used to introduce the major players, and show why they were important. The various theories and issues are presented with reference to the relevant social and scientific historical background. The size and format will appeal to YAs who experienced the "Eyewitness" books at a younger age.-Beth Devers, Johnson County Public Library, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810928664
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Discoveries Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,248,289
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

I Antediluvian People 15
II Humans: Naked Apes Or Little Gods? 37
III Our Ancestors' Ancestors 57
IV From the Taung Child to Lucy 69
V The Long March of Homo Erectus 87
VI From Neanderthal to Lascaux 105
Documents 129
Glossary 148
Chronology 151
Further Reading 152
List of Illustrations 152
Index 156
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