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Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth / Edition 1
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Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth / Edition 1

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by Chris Stringer
 

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ISBN-10: 1250023300

ISBN-13: 9781250023308

Pub. Date: 07/30/2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

A leading anthropology researcher on human evolution proposes a new and controversial theory of how our species came to be

In this groundbreaking and engaging work of science, world-renowned paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer sets out a new theory of humanity's origin, challenging both the multiregionalists (who hold that modern humans developed from ancient

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A leading anthropology researcher on human evolution proposes a new and controversial theory of how our species came to be

In this groundbreaking and engaging work of science, world-renowned paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer sets out a new theory of humanity's origin, challenging both the multiregionalists (who hold that modern humans developed from ancient ancestors in different parts of the world) and his own "out of Africa" theory, which maintains that humans emerged rapidly in one small part of Africa and then spread to replace all other humans within and outside the continent. Stringer's new theory, based on archeological and genetic evidence, holds that distinct humans coexisted and competed across the African continent-exchanging genes, tools, and behavioral strategies.

Stringer draws on analyses of old and new fossils from around the world, DNA studies of Neanderthals (using the full genome map) and other species, and recent archeological digs to unveil his new theory. He shows how the most sensational recent fossil findings fit with his model, and he questions previous concepts (including his own) of modernity and how it evolved.

Lone Survivors is the definitive account of who and what we were, and will change perceptions about our origins and about what it means to be human.

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ISBN-13:
9781250023308
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
197,477
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Introduction 1

l1 The Big Questions 5

2 Unlocking the Past 36

3 What Lies Beneath 59

4 Finding the Way Forward 81

5 Behaving in a Modern Way: Mind Reading and Symbols 108

6 Behaving in a Modern Way: Technology and Lifeways 142

7 Genes and DNA 171

8 Making a Modern Human 205

9 The Past and Future Evolution of Our Species 245

Sources and Suggested Reading 279

Acknowledgments 303

Index 305

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Lone Survivors 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great overview of recent human evolution. It's very readable and accurate, written by one of the leaders in the field. I have a Stanford Ph.D. in Anthropology, but my emphasis was cultural rather than biological. I also did quite a bit of free lance editing for Random House & others. I taught for 10 years, but left academia in 1983 for business (and making enough money to buy hardbacks). This covers the basics and the recent discoveries. You don't need any degree to appreciate the writing style and how well he covers what are sometimes difficult subjects, such as how we can assign fossils to species when we obviously can't test for fertile interbreeding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are curious about the latest research findings on the origins of homo sapiens, the Neanderthals, homo erectus and all of our other (now extinct) cousins, this book will fascinate. Chris Stringer, a leading British paleoanthropologist, gives a thorough survey of all the work that has been done in the last 40 years in fossil recovery, geological dating, DNA, genetic, and other technologies developed to more accurately understand how humans evolved since their divergence from the chimpanzees 6 million years ago. He bravely looks at his own pet theories and tests them against the emerging evidence. Stringer is still partial to the view that modern humans emerged in Africa and spread north and east around 50,000 years ago, but also acknowledges that the Moderns' genome reveals encounters with the Neanderthals, as well as contains traces of genetic material from "ancient" humans. The book changed many of my preconceptions about what constitutes "homo sapiens" or "modern humans." My only complaint is that Stringer's writing style could have been improved by using footnotes. Instead, he incorporated into the text the name of every single paleoanthropologist and scientist who even so much as exhaled a theory or a research finding. It slowed down the narrative. But I'm sure he was just trying to be thorough and fair to all who have contributed to this fascinating field. Including and probably foremost, Charles Darwin himself.
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I found this book to be very interesting, I even took notes, and informative. My only complaint is...I wish there would've been more pictures.
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Came here randomly looking for a place to start a clan:)