Race and Human Evolution
Where do humans come from? How did they evolve? How did different races come into existence? The quest for modern human origins has both fascinated and divided people for centuries. Theories of race and questions of whether humans can be categorized in different species have caused polarization and discord in the sciences throughout history, and theories currently in vogue may have as much to do with contemporary cultural politics as with science.Race and Human Evolution is a far-ranging account by leading researchers in the field that describes the latest scientific evidence and the conflicting theories about human evolution. Milford Wolpoff and Rachel Caspari describe the “Eve” or “Out-of-Africa” theory, which holds that all living people are the descendants of a single common ancestor (“Eve”) who began a new species of humanity in Africa some 200,000 years ago and whose progeny spread throughout the world, giving rise to the different human races. The authors show that the evidence of the fossil record and genetic data support “Multiregionalism,” which posits that for some two million years human populations have been entwined in a network of widespread peoples who evolved together because they met and interbred, giving the races today many ancestors, not a single common one.Race and Human Evolution shows how the debate over the “Eve” theory reflects a long history of theories about human origins and race that has been fraught with social and political implications. Race and human evolution have become tangled during some of the most important eras in our history: European colonizations, which sparked questions over the humanity of indigenous natives, and the slavery issue and whether Jefferson’s claims of humanity and quality for all people applied to slaves. While Darwinism, the discovery of Neanderthals, and Mendel’s genetic theories combined to give us modern paleoanthropology, the eugenics movement and even Nazism also sprang from these ideas.The debate now raging cannot free itself of this background. Certain to be controversial but also to illuminate an argument that has persisted for centuries and which persists in some of today’s most inflammatory social and political issues, Race and Human Evolution provides an authoritative account of the science and the scientists behind the controversy over the origin of humanity and its racial differences.
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Review: Race And Human Evolution: A Fatal AttractionUser Review - Wanda - Goodreads
Well, it's definitely not racist, as one reviewer asserted. Give me a break. It's an interesting review of the evolution of our understanding of human biohistory. It has a certain point of view, which ... Read full review
Review: Race And Human Evolution: A Fatal AttractionUser Review - Jason Barnhart - Goodreads
I really got a lot out of this book. The cases laid out within are compelling and well supported. Anyone interested in early human history will find this fascinating. I have met dr Wolpoff a number of ... Read full review
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