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What Does It Mean to Be Human?

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This generously illustrated book tells the story of the human family, showing how our species’ physical traits and behaviors evolved over millions of years as our ancestors adapted to dramatic environmental changes.

In What Does It Means to Be Human? Rick Potts, director of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program, and Chris Sloan, National Geographic’s paleoanthropolgy expe
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by National Geographic (first published 2010)
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Martin Crim
Apr 12, 2010 Martin Crim rated it really liked it
This book was published by National Geographic and is the official companion book to the Smithsonian's new Hall of Human Origins. It's an accessible summary of the present state of scientific understanding of human origins, and does a great job of putting things into context. The only thing I can fault it for is not explaining why evidence of cooking may be missing before 800,000 years before the present. According to the book "Catching Fire," hearth fires would be extremely unlikely to show up ...more
Jane
Nov 23, 2010 Jane rated it liked it
I didn't realize that humans are 60% genetically similar to bananas and 98.9% genetically similar to chimpanzees. This book was fascinating. I love reading about our evolutionary history and how much has been learned from fossils and bones that have been found.
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Oct 20, 2016 Laura Leonard rated it it was amazing
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A informative read about human origins written as a companion to the exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. I think anyone interested in early humans and science will enjoy this.
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