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The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution

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A breakthrough theory that tools and technology are the real drivers of human evolutionAlthough humans are one of the great apes, along with chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, we are remarkably different from them. Unlike our cousins who subsist on raw food, spend their days and nights outdoors, and wear a thick coat of hair, humans are entirely dependent on artificial ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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Elaine
Taylor brings up issues few scholars of evolution consider, especially the problems that had to be overcome when hominin babies were born with big heads, making childbirth itself dangerous to mothers, as well as the twin problem of the utter helplessness of infants. This meant that mothers had to hold them constantly, hampering females greatly in their food gathering or when their bands were traveling.
Taylor considers that female concerns like baby care to have been a driving force in evolution
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Ross
This book addresses the author's theory that it was tools that caused our species to evolve, not that our ancestors first evolved a larger brain and then started to adopt the use of tools.
When I first started the book I had high hopes it would be very interesting to hear his arguments and evidence.
Unfortunately the author does not make his case.
He simply states that the earliest evidence of stone tools which had been fashioned to create a sharp cutting edge dates to 2.5 million years ago and our
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Jonathan Chan
A bit inflated, a lot of anecdotes from the author. Fluff? maybe.
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