Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins
Fifty thousand years ago—merely a blip in evolutionary time—our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as their precursors had done for millions of years. Yet something about our species distinguished it from the pack, and ultimately led to its survival while the rest became extinct. Just what was it that allowed Homo sap...more
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If you’re at all interested in how humans came to be human–and I am–you’re going to love this! Even if you’re not, you probably will. Oh, in the beginning, he does throw the names of species in, but that’s okay because what he says about each is so tantalizing. So, forget the names, except for Austropithecus, Neanderthal, and Homo, and imbibe the methods used to uncover and analyze each fossil, including ancient weather.
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This was better than my expectations, and definitely worth reading even if mildly interested in the subject. I learned many unexpected things, the best example bring the early appearance of tools vs the very late appearance of art (and thus symbolic thinking).
The only downside of this book is that I would have liked it longer and to include more of the recent (40k to beginning of written history), but that’s a different subject in reality, so no real comp ...more
Not the fault of the author, but I found myself getting frustrated with all the changing classification of species and all the unanswered questions. There really are no concrete answers to questions of human evolution but I guess it’s more fun that way.
I would recommend this book to anyone that’s interested in human evolution. It’s one of the top pieces on the subject.
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