Lowly Origin: Where, When, and Why Our Ancestors First Stood Up / Edition 1

Lowly Origin: Where, When, and Why Our Ancestors First Stood Up / Edition 1

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by Jonathan Kingdon
     
 

"Jonathan Kingdon's work is one of the things that make the present day such an exciting time for anyone with the slightest intellectual curiosity. His subject matter is our profound and thrilling human origins, and his stance toward it makes his work unique and priceless. Not only is Kingdon a scientist of commanding authority, he is an artist whose hand transmits

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"Jonathan Kingdon's work is one of the things that make the present day such an exciting time for anyone with the slightest intellectual curiosity. His subject matter is our profound and thrilling human origins, and his stance toward it makes his work unique and priceless. Not only is Kingdon a scientist of commanding authority, he is an artist whose hand transmits his knowledge through drawings so swift and graceful that revelation and admiration arrive together. His wonderful new book takes a characteristically original look at one of the things that makes us human: our walking on two legs. There is no one alive who could do it better."—Philip Pullman, author of The Amber Spyglass

"Jonathan Kingdon is a Living World Treasure. One of Africa's greatest zoological artists, he is also one of zoology's leading authorities on Africa's mammals. A world class zoologist, ecologist, and writer, he also thinks deeply about human prehistory and evolution. Bipedality is humanity's founding peculiarity. Lowly Origin is Kingdon's highly original take on how it came about, and he manages to broaden his canvas to accommodate all of human evolution. An artist with words and a poet with images, only Jonathan Kingdon could have written this book."—Richard Dawkins, University of Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Society

"This well-written book offers new insights into the biogeographic and ecological influences on human evolution and helps us make sense of the fossil record."—Colin P. Groves, Australian National University

"Kingdon has made a unique contribution to the field of mammalian evolution and African ecology, both in his writing and in his art. His approach to human evolution, with its focus on the natural history of people and animals, is very special and important."—Robert A. Foley, University of Cambridge

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691120287
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/14/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,430,820
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Preface to a Self-portrait from the Center of the World1
Ch. 2On Being a Primate: From Gondwana to the Forests of Egypt38
Ch. 3On Being an Ape: Excursions to Asia and Back75
Ch. 4On Being a Ground Ape: Zanj115
Ch. 5On Becoming a Biped: "Evolution by Basin": Domes, Rifts, and Floodplains151
Ch. 6On Being a Manipulative Man-ape: Isolation in the South194
Ch. 7On the Uncertainties of Becoming Human: Main-line, Side-line, or Parallel Humans?227
Ch. 8On Going Far With Fire: Africans Go Abroad260
Ch. 9On Being a Self-made Human: The Modern Diaspora291
Ch. 10In Conclusion: Confessions of a Repentant Vandal333
AppPlants Known to Be Especially Favored by Humans and Other Primates371
Index375

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