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A Prehistory of the North: Human Settlement of the Higher Latitudesby John F Hoffecker
Synopses & Reviews
Early humans did not simply drift northward from their African origins as their abilities to cope with cooler climates evolved. The initial settlement of places like Europe and northern Asia, as well as the later movement into the Arctic and the Americas, actually occurred in relatively rapid bursts of expansion. A Prehistory of the North is the first full-length study to tell the complex story, spanning almost two million years, of how humans inhabited some of the coldest places on earth. In an account rich with illustrations, John Hoffecker traces the history of anatomical adaptations, diet modifications, and technological developments, such as clothing and shelter, that allowed humans the continued ability to push the boundaries of their frontier. The book concludes by showing how in the last few thousand years, peoples living in the circumpolar zone--with the exception of western and central Siberia--developed a thriving maritime economy. Written in no technical language, A Prehistory of the North provides compelling new insights and valuable information for professionals and students.
Book News Annotation:
Early humans did not move north gradually from their tropical homeland as they adapted to the cold, reports Hoffecker (Arctic and Alpine research, U. of Colorado-Boulder), but in relatively rapid bursts of expansion. Spanning two million years, his study describes the movement out of Africa, the first Europeans, cold weather people, modern humans in the north, moving into the Arctic, and peoples of the circumpolar zone.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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