The Origin of Humankind

The Origin of Humankind

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Baker & Taylor
Discusses the evolution of the human species, relates the distinctions that set humans apart from apes, and explains how and why we developed social and cultural organizations

Perseus Publishing
"“The name Leakey is synonymous with the study of human origins,” wrote The New York Times. The renowned family of paleontologists—Louis Leakey, Mary Leakey, and their son Richard Leakey—has vastly exp"

“The name Leakey is synonymous with the study of human origins,” wrote The New York Times. The renowned family of paleontologists—Louis Leakey, Mary Leakey, and their son Richard Leakey—has vastly expanded our understanding of human evolution. The Origin of Humankind is Richard Leakey’s personal view of the development of Homo Sapiens. At the heart of his new picture of evolution is the introduction of a heretical notion: once the first apes walked upright, the evolution of modern humans became possible and perhaps inevitable. From this one evolutionary step comes all the other evolutionary refinements and distinctions that set the human race apart from the apes. In fascinating sections on how and why modern humans developed a social organization, culture, and personal behavior, Leakey has much of interest to say about the development of art, language, and human consciousness.


Book News
The world-renowned paleontologist offers a simplified account of the latest discoveries, theories, and debates on human evolution. Leakey discusses the origin of the human family, the proliferation of bipedal species, the expansion in brain size, the origin of modern humans, some of his fossil-hunting experiences, and a typical day in the life of a prehistoric community. Includes a few b&w photos and diagrams. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
The Origin of Humankind is Richard Leakey's final statement on human evolution. Deriving its power from the author's unquestioned authority in the field of paleontology, and enriched by his new interest in wildlife, this book answers the question: What made humans human? Leakey argues that when one of our hominid ancestors acquired the ability to walk upright (called "bipedalism"), the evolution of modern humans became possible, perhaps even inevitable. All other human evolutionary refinements and distinctions can be seen as related to this one dramatic step.
In fascinating sections on how and why modern humans developed a social organization, culture, and personal behavior, Leakey enhances our understanding of the nature and evolutionary role of art, language, and human consciousness.

Baker
& Taylor

Discussing personal views on the evolution of the human species, the author of People of the Lake relates the distinctions that set humans apart from apes and explains how and why we developed social and cultural organizations. QPB & Astronomy Main. BOMC, History, & Lib of Science Alt.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c1994
ISBN: 9780465031351
0465031358
Characteristics: xvi, 171 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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