Masters of the Planet

Masters of the Planet

The Search for Our Human Origins

Book - 2012
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"When homo sapiens made their entrance 100,000 years ago they were confronted by a wide range of other early humans--homo erectus, who walked better and used fire; homo habilis who used tools; and of course the Neanderthals, who were brawny and strong. But shortly after their arrival, something happened that vaulted the species forward and made them the indisputable masters of the planet. This book is devoted to revealing just what that difference is. It explores how the physical traits and cognitive ability of homo sapiens distanced them from the rest of nature. Even more importantly, Masters of the Planet looks at how our early ancestors acquired these superior abilities; it shows that their strange and unprecedented mental facility is not, as most of us were taught, simply a basic competence that was refined over unimaginable eons by natural selection. Instead, it is an emergent capacity that was acquired quite recently and changed the world definitively"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
ISBN: 9780230108752
Branch Call Number: 599.93 TAT
Characteristics: xxii, 266 p.: ill.; 24 cm


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May 02, 2016

I always liked Ian Tattersall, and after reading this book I REALLY like him. When other people want to go off and yell that Neanderthals made the Taj Mahal and Australopithecus drove cars he says "Wait, let's be cautious because it may not be all that simple."
And his writing is something I trust.

Dec 09, 2013

Marvellous, well written and entertaining review of discoveries and theories about the evolution of human beings. Covers varied disciplines from anthropology (who knew there are so many sub specialties?) to genetics, biology, genetics and linguistics.


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