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The Animal Connection: A New Perspective on What Makes Us Human

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Why do humans all over the world take in and nurture other animals? This behavior might seem maladaptive--after all, every mouthful given to another species is one that you cannot eat--but in this heartening new study, acclaimed anthropologist Pat Shipman reveals that our propensity to domesticate and care for other animals is in fact among our species' greatest strengths. For the last 2.6 million years, Shipman explains, humans who coexisted with animals enjoyed definite adaptive and cultural advantages. To illustrate this point, Shipman gives us a tour of the milestones in human civilization-from agriculture to art and even language--and describes how we reached each stage through our unique relationship with other animals. reaffirms our love of animals as something both innate and distinctly human, revealing that the process of domestication not only changed animals but had a resounding impact on us as well.

Review:

"Pat Shipman is a respected paleoanthropologist and a superb science writer with an extraordinary reach. Until I read this book, I had not appreciated the significant impact of animals for charting the course of human evolution or the universal importance that animals have today for improving the quality of human life." Dean Falk, author of Finding Our Tongues

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"I read The Animal Connection with great admiration; its data-rich narrative offers profound insights about our species’ long history with other animals." Barbara J. King, author of Being with Animals

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"Shipman takes us on a journey through human evolution as it has never been told before. She demonstrates that humanity emerged not only through tool use and language, but because of our associations with animals. Shipman's triumph is her demonstration that the modern human condition was borne of our personal connections with animals — from horses as transportation, to cows and sheep as food, to dogs as vigilant companions. Our achievements on two legs were made possible by our many relatives on four." Nina G. Jablonski, author of Skin: A Natural History

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"Eye-opening… a compelling argument and an exciting story. The Animal Connection goes beyond the obvious of what every pet-lover knows. It shows how we evolved and hence how and why we are unique. This is an important book. It's a must-read." Bernd Heinrich, author of Winter World and Mind of the Raven

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"Pat Shipman gathers together the results of many archaeological studies, and she clearly shows how animals were intimately involved in the development of early humans. Both animal lovers and readers who are interested in human psychology will not be able to put this fascinating book down." Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

Book News Annotation:

Living with animals is a uniquely human trait; in the wild, no other mammal lives intimately with another species or initiates long-term relationships with individuals of another species. Shipman (anthropology, Pennsylvania State U.) reflects on the significance of this fact within the context of human evolution, offering a paleoanthropological perspective. She charts the stages of human evolution through 2.6 million years and looks at the impact of the animal-human connection and the domestication of other species at each stage. The book is written in plain language accessible to non-specialists, and is illustrated with b&w photos of artifacts. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A bold, illuminating new take on the love of animals that drove human evolution.

About the Author

Pat Shipman is a professor of anthropology at Penn State University. Coauthor of the award-winning The Ape in the Tree, she writes for American Scientist and lives in Moncure, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393070545
Author:
Shipman, Pat
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 336 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393070545 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Pat Shipman is a respected paleoanthropologist and a superb science writer with an extraordinary reach. Until I read this book, I had not appreciated the significant impact of animals for charting the course of human evolution or the universal importance that animals have today for improving the quality of human life."
"Review" by , "I read The Animal Connection with great admiration; its data-rich narrative offers profound insights about our species’ long history with other animals."
"Review" by , "Shipman takes us on a journey through human evolution as it has never been told before. She demonstrates that humanity emerged not only through tool use and language, but because of our associations with animals. Shipman's triumph is her demonstration that the modern human condition was borne of our personal connections with animals — from horses as transportation, to cows and sheep as food, to dogs as vigilant companions. Our achievements on two legs were made possible by our many relatives on four."
"Review" by , "Eye-opening… a compelling argument and an exciting story. The Animal Connection goes beyond the obvious of what every pet-lover knows. It shows how we evolved and hence how and why we are unique. This is an important book. It's a must-read."
"Review" by , "Pat Shipman gathers together the results of many archaeological studies, and she clearly shows how animals were intimately involved in the development of early humans. Both animal lovers and readers who are interested in human psychology will not be able to put this fascinating book down."
"Synopsis" by , A bold, illuminating new take on the love of animals that drove human evolution.
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