Becoming Human: Evolution and Human Uniqueness

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Harcourt Brace, 1999 - Science - 258 pages
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In Becoming Human, noted anthropologist and renaissance man Ian Tattersall explores what makes us uniquely human, the qualities that set us apart from our ancestors, and the significance of our knowledge. A worldwide tour of discovery, Tattersall takes the reader from 30,000-year-old cave paintings in France and anthropological digs in Africa, to examining human behavior in a New York restaurant. And by offering wisdom gleaned from fossil remains, primate behavior, prehistoric art, and archaeology, Tattersall presents a stunning picture of where humankind evolved, how Darwin's theories have changed, and what we reliably know about modern-day human's capacity for love, language, and thought. Widely praised in the media, and an Top-10 bestseller, Becoming Human is an amazing trip into the past and into the future.

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User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

Something we forget about natural selection is that it is not a continual refining process that makes better, and better widgets. If a species is successful and widespread it will stay the way it is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brett Williams - Goodreads

The beautiful and the ugly about human animals Tattersall gives us primitive social history; a bounded evolutionary history; and a most surprising though distressing anatomical history of these ... Read full review

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Ian Tattersall is curator of human evolution at the American Museum of Natural History, and the author of many books and articles. His most recent book, Becoming Human, won the distinguished W.W. Howells Prize of the American Anthropological Association. An expert on both fossil humans and lemurs, he has done fieldwork in places as varied as Madagascar, Yemen, and Vietnam. He lives in New York City.

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