“The name Leakey is synonymous with the study of human origins,” wrote The New York Times. The renowned family of paleontologistsLouis Leakey, Mary Leakey, and their son Richard Leakeyhas vastly expanded our understanding of human evolution. The Origin of Humankind is Richard Leakey's personal view of the development of Homo Sapiens. At the heart of his new picture of evolution is the introduction of a heretical notion: once the first apes walked upright, the evolution of modern humans became possible and perhaps inevitable. From this one evolutionary step comes all the other evolutionary refinements and distinctions that set the human race apart from the apes. In fascinating sections on how and why modern humans developed a social organization, culture, and personal behavior, Leakey has much of interest to say about the development of art, language, and human consciousness.
|Series:||Science Masters Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.91(w) x 9.63(h) x 0.81(d)|
About the Author
Richard Leakey is the author of People of the Lake, The Making of Mankind, One Life, Conservation: Save the Elephants, Origins, and Origins Reconsidered (the latter two with Roger Lewin).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very informative description of the evolution of man. There are some new and different perspectives of accepted facts. Many of the findings and facts I learned in physical and cultural anthropology were reinforced. More colorful photographs and artistic representitives would have enhanced this book tremendously. Chapters on 'The Language of Art', The Art of Language', and the 'Origin of Mind' were new to me and extremely interesting. This book is well worth reading.