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"Great things can arrive in small packages. The Humans Who Went Extinct is a case in point. Engaging and well written, this volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in human evolution. It is an essential purchase for college and university libraries."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Finlayson does a superb job of describing the factors behind the expansion of the genus Homo and its diversification into various species, of which only Homo sapiens survives today. He also offers a powerful critique of those who theorize differently about the expansion of our species with very little data. In his hands, the links between climate and evolutionary change are stikingly clear."--Publishers Weekly
"A provocative new book." --Newsweek
Listed in Science Book News No. 178, 11/16/09
"Finlayson has written a fascinating new book...electrifying...an apocalyptic vision that puts a chill down one's back. But a book that makes you think remains one of the reasons to get up in the morning. Have a look at this one." --Dan Agin, The Huffington Post
"Here is a provocative work, which will not only teach, but leave readers wanting to learn more." --San Francisco Book Review
"Well written with endnotes from research sources. Recommended."--Choice
"What I like in particular about Finlayson's work is that he contextualises the various stages of the human lineage (although pointing out controversies in the fossil record where they exist) in terms of the climate and immediate environment. I liken this to the approach of a strategist who like an eagle soars high above the visage seeing the overall scheme of things. This is a well-researched book generously referenced, filled with rich biological analogies and an overarching narrative which applies equally to non-human species." --Medpedia.com
1. The road to extinction is paved with good intentions
2. Once we were not alone
3. Failed experiments
4. Stick to what you know best
5. Being in the right place at the right time
6. If only...
7. Africa in Europe - a Mediterranean Serengeti
8. One small step for man...
9. Forever opportunists
10. The pawn turned player
Epilogue: Children of Chance
Posted March 6, 2012
Posted December 22, 2010
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