Humans Before Humanity

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März 1997



This work looks at the hominid species that lived and flourished for around one million years before and, in some cases, after the evolution of modern humans some 200,000 years ago. It also investigates how, when, where and why the modern human species appeared and in due course became dominant.


Preface. 1. A Question of Evolution. 2. Why Darwinism? 3. What are Human Beings? 4. When did we become Human? 5. Was Human Evolution Progressive? 6. Why Africa? 7. Is Human Evolution Adaptive? 8. Why are Humans such an Evolutionary Rarity? 9. How do we Explain the Evolution of Humans? 10. Does Human Evolution Matter? A Tabular Guide to the Naming and Discovery of Hominid Species and Subspecies. Notes. References. Index.


Robert Foley is Director of the Duckworth Laboratory and a lecturer in biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of King's College. His other books include "Another Unique Species, Hominid Evolution and Community Ecology, " and "Comparative Socioecology" (co-editor with V. Standen). In addition he has published numerous papers in scientific journals on human evolution and palaeoecology, and contributed to radio and television programmes on evolution.


"Foley offers clear and often original answers to crucial questions. A number of conventional ideas are usefully broken and the result is really fascinating. Anyone interested in evolution must read this book." Nature "The excellence of the writing allows the author to deal with complex topics which many of his academic colleagues continue to render incomprehensible. It is written with a style and clarity that are exceptional. It would make an excellent basis for a graduate seminar programme." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
EAN: 9780631205289
ISBN: 0631205284
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 1997
Seitenanzahl: 260 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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