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From the earliest days of their science, paleoanthropologists have shown a propensity to envision the human “family tree” as a straight-line progression from the apelike australopithecines to the enigmatic Homo habilis to the perhaps misapprehended Homo erectus to the famous (or infamous) Neanderthals, culminating in us, Homo sapiens. The problem is that this model is unlike the evolutionary pattern of any other known vertebrate (or any organism, for that matter) which reveals multiple branching and extinctions.Since mid-century it has been evident that in South Africa two species of australopithecines existed at the same time, one of which – a specialized vegetarian – went extinct, leaving no successors. Then fossils were unearthed that demonstrated early members of our genus (Homo) existed side by side with australopithecines, complicating the picture still further. Now it is becoming increasingly clear that the Neanderthals were not a direct ancestor to modern humans but were in fact a side branch whose extirpation was at least partially at the hands of our modern human ancestors who invaded Europe 40,000 years ago. And very recent re-dating of several Javanese Homo erectus fossils has cast doubt on the notion that this widespread population was our direct ancestor.In Extinct Humans, Ian Tattersall and Jeffrey Schwartz present convincing evidence that over fifteen different species of humans have existed over the six million-year sojourn of the hominid family, and that many of these species have existed simultaneously. Furthermore, a large number of these were members of our own genus. Who were these different human species? What did they look like? When and where did they evolve? Which are direct ancestors to us and which went extinct, leaving no successors? And, the most profound question of all, why is there only a single human species alive on Earth now? Tattersall and Schwartz explore these questions and many more in Extinct Humans.

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Based on their personal examination of known hominid fossils in collections around the world, Tattersall (curator, American Museum of Natural History) and Schwartz (physical anthropology, U. of Pittsburgh) demonstrate that there have been multiple coexisting human species, as many as 15 throughout hominid history, even as recently as 25,000 years ago. Different species, they argue, probably lived together peaceably in direct or indirect competition with each other. For example Java Man might have been a contemporary of European Neanderthals and even modern humans, casting doubt about Java Man as direct ancestor. This larger (8.5x10.5<">), glossy-paged book is replete with vivid color photos, mostly of worn and damaged skulls. Lacks notes.
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An assessment of human evolution that theorizes that many more species of humans than previously thought have existed during the six million year history of the hominid family.

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Scientists have long envisioned the human "family tree" as a straight-line progression from the apelike australopithecines to the enigmatic Homo habilis to the famous Neanderthals, culminating in us, Homo sapiens. But this model is unlike the evolutionary patterns known for all other vertebrates — patterns that typically reveal multiple branchings and extinctions. In Extinct Humans, Ian Tattersall and Jeffrey Schwartz present convincing evidence that many distinct species of humans have existed during the history of the hominid family, often simultaneously. Furthermore, these species may have contributed to one another's extinction. Who were these different human species? Which are direct ancestors to us? And, the most profound question of all, why is there only a single human species alive on Earth now?

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 250-251) and index.

About the Author

Ian Tattersall is Chairman and Curator of the Department of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and adjunct professor of anthropology at Columbia University. His books include The Fossil Train, The Human Odyssey, Becoming Human, and The Myths of Human Evolution (with Niles Eldredge). Jeffrey Schwartz is professor of physical anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of The Red Ape, What Bones Tell Us, and Skeleton Keys.

Table of Contents

The path to human evolution / Evolution today / Early bipeds: African origins / The mysterious Homo habilis / The emergence of the modern body / Homo ergaster and Homo erectus: the great diaspora / Neanderthals and human extinctions / And then there was one.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780813334820
Author:
Tattersall, Ian
Author:
Schwartz, Jeffrey H.
Author:
Schwartz, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
Boulder, Colo. :
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Evolution - Human
Subject:
Fossil hominids
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 2000-108
Publication Date:
20000615
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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An assessment of human evolution that theorizes that many more species of humans than previously thought have existed during the six million year history of the hominid family.
"Synopsis" by , Scientists have long envisioned the human "family tree" as a straight-line progression from the apelike australopithecines to the enigmatic Homo habilis to the famous Neanderthals, culminating in us, Homo sapiens. But this model is unlike the evolutionary patterns known for all other vertebrates — patterns that typically reveal multiple branchings and extinctions. In Extinct Humans, Ian Tattersall and Jeffrey Schwartz present convincing evidence that many distinct species of humans have existed during the history of the hominid family, often simultaneously. Furthermore, these species may have contributed to one another's extinction. Who were these different human species? Which are direct ancestors to us? And, the most profound question of all, why is there only a single human species alive on Earth now?
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