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    The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE (New Oxford World History) (Paperback) By (author) Ian Tattersall

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    DescriptionThis book narrates the story of human biological and cultural evolution, from the earliest beginnings of our zoological family Hominidae, through the emergence of Homo sapiens, to the Agricultural Revolution. It concludes with a brief overview of the subsequent diversification of cultural and technological traditions in all the areas our species inhabits. A particular focus is on the pattern of events/innovations in human biological and cultural evolution, which have tended not to proceed in lockstep. Prior to the emergence of Homo sapiens innovations of this kind were generally sporadic, and rare; since that event their frequency has been steadily increasing. Tattersall draws on his own research to demonstrate that the history of humankind has not been one of a singleminded struggle from primitiveness to perfection, but has rather been one of trial and error, of evolutionary experimentation that as often ended in failure as in success. In the process he thoroughly examines both the fossil and the archaeological records that document our human prehistory. All human beings have a thirst to know where they came from, whether as individuals or as a species. This book responds to this desire for knowledge, whether in the classroom where the subject has a place in history as well as in science curricula or in more informal contexts. There currently exist no high school texts or supplemental readings that treat this subject in an authoritative manner, written by a practicing scientist in the field. This volume will have the advantage of being written by one whose opinions are first hand, and conditioned by direct familiarity with the original evidence.


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    Title
    The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Tattersall
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195333152
    ISBN 10: 0195333152
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, JHMP, PSX
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    BIC subject category V2: HDDA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26720
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREHIS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 599.938
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000
    Thema V1.0: NHB, JHM, PSX, NHC, NKD
    Illustrations note
    halftones and figures
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    21 February 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Ian Tattersall is curator at the Anthropology Department of the American Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University & CUNY Graduate School
    Review quote
    The book is clearly written and does provide a handy, and accessible introduction to what can be a rather complicated story. The Glasgow Naturalist Ultimately how good is this book? Pleasingly, the answer is that it is very good. It takes a complex subject and produces a gripping read while covering the major themes of human evolution with a refreshing confidence. Simon Underdown, Times Higher Education Supplement
    Table of contents
    1. Evolutionary Processes ; 2. Ancient Bones and Ancient Stones ; 3. On Their Own Two Feet ; 4. Emergence of the Genus Homo ; 5. Getting Brainier ; 6. Modern Human Origins ; 7. Settled Life ; Index