Becoming Human

Becoming Human : Evolution and Human Uniqueness

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One of the traits that distinguishes us from our nearest relatives is our curiosity about the origins of our species. In this new paperback, Ian Tattersall (author of The Fossil Trail) discusses human uniqueness, investigating the origins of those characteristics and processes that so clearly distinguish human beings, such as creativity, language, and consciousness. Taking the reader around the world, stopping in France to examine 30,000-year-old cave paintings, in Africa to see where our earliest ancestors left their bones, and in remote forests to spy on our closest living relatives, the great apes, Tattersall uncovers what it is that makes us really different and what the future might hold for our more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 16mm | 229g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1 halftone, 1 line drawing
  • 0192862146
  • 9780192862143
  • 2,016,602

About Ian Tattersall

Curator at the Department of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, in New York Cityshow more

Table of contents

Prologue ; The creative explosion ; The brain and intelligence: Humans and apes ; Evolution for what? ; Starting out ; Becoming human ; Being human ; Postscript ; Further readingshow more

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"In this superbly written book, Ian Tattersall combines his unique knowledge of the human fossil record, Paleolithic archaeology, primate behavior, prehistoric art, as well as the workings of the human brain and our extraordinary cognitive powers, to offer a convincing scenario of how we have come to hold dominion over the earth."--Donald Johanson (author of From Lucy to Language) in Scientific American"An ambitious effort . . . Tattersall meets the challenge commendably."--The San Diego Union-Tribune"Although many popular anthropological accounts of the human species have been written, few are as engaging as that of Ian Tattersall."--Natural Historyshow more

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