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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Carl Sagan
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Carl Sagan knows evolution inside and out and turns out this wonderfully in depth examination of human origins, mainly for the purpose of highlighting our purposefully forgotten ancestry. A little bit of cosmology and a whole lot of biological and ecological evolution, mainly a restatement of facts you can get in IB Bio 2. The second half, however, is thoroughly enlightening examining the striking behavioral similarities between humans and our closest ancestors, even going so far as to break down what makes us "human," showing that it isn't uniquely human at all, and that we are but simple improvements on already existing hardware, which is explained beautifully by evolution by natural selection.

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message 1: by Katelyn (last edited Jan 28, 2009 12:21PM) (new) - added it

Katelyn As strange as it sounds, I'm really interested in the distinction between humans and other animals and the philosophical implications of that. This will definitely be on my to-read list

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