Getting Here: The Story of Human Evolution

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Howells House, 1997 - Science - 266 pages
Renowned anthropologist, author, and educator, William Howells, draws together here the latest from all today's sciences to tell the fascinating story of our evolution. Professor Emeritus at Harvard and author of Mankind So Far, The Heathens, Back of History, and Mankind in the Making, all of which have been widely translated, Howells has long been recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities and interpreters of human evolution. He is also known for his unique contribution of skull measurements to show relationships between peoples that are not otherwise evident. In 1992, he received the Charles Darwin Award for Lifetime Achievement. His latest edition includes a generous selection of superb illustrations showing fossils, hominids reconstructed, charts of human migrations, and other graphic displays of scientific data. Like many of his earlier books, Getting Here has been widely acclaimed as an introduction to human evolution for the lay reader as well as an outstanding college text.
 

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Harvard physical anthropologist William Howells has written an excellent introduction to hominid evolution from the early australopithecines and Homo habilis, through Homo erectus with his hand axes ... Read full review

Contents

The Evolution of Evolution
5
Patterns Without Plans
17
Reptiles and Mammals
25
The Primates
35
The All Important Hominoids
45
Primate Ancestors
59
The First Hominids
75
Enter Homo
93
Homo Erectus
103
Ice Tools Names Lineages
121
The Problem of the Transitionals
131
The Big Picture
221
The View From Here
235
Glossary
241
Credits
253
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