The Genesis Chronicles: The Evolution of Humankind

The Genesis Chronicles: The Evolution of Humankind


By (author) Glen McBride

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 28mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1865081086
  • ISBN 13: 9781865081083
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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The author speculates on the most important breakthroughs that led to the evolution of humankind from the apes; events such as the first time a prehistoric ape stood upright, used a tool, harnessed fire or practised agriculture. He argues that each episode had a profound effect on the development and prosperity of our ancestors. In 15 stories, Glen McBride postulates on how such ground-breaking events might have occurred. Each story is followed by a scientific discussion in plain English arguing the importance of the episode and explaining the author's sometimes rather contentious interpretation of these events.

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Table of contents

Preface1 After Eden: in quest of our human beginningsThe Chronicles of Ramapithecusand Australopithecus: The Beginning2 The first step3 Tiny: triumphantly upright against all odds4 Groomer discovers the joy and fruits of sex5 From ape to hominid: our first ancestorsThe Chronicles of Homo habilis6 Spearman and the dance of the fawn7 Handsigner's story8 Stroker follows her heart9 The first languageThe Chronicles of Homo erectus10 Fireboy's magnificent obsession11 Sensi the toolmaker - designer and trader12 Wulu the firemaker13 New skills for new peopleThe Chronicles of Homo sapiens14 Stories in the dark15 Roo - Dreamer of dreams and mother of gods16 Words, gods and humanityThe Chronicles of Homo sapiens sapiens17 Sharptools - whose arrows killed mammoths18 Through another's eyes19 The boy and his wolf20 Brudher