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Is modern man the logical conclusion of a long evolutionary journey? Or are humans merely an evolutionary accident? The Chosen Species answers these and many other questions about our origins.

Authors Juan Luis Arsuaga and Ignacio Martínez are world-renowned paleoanthropologists and co-directors of the excavations at Atapuerca---a World Heritage Site and Europe’s oldest known burial site---where their team discovered a new human species, homo antecessor. Their work has changed the way we see human evolution. Here, the authors draw on their rich experience to provide a fascinating account of our origins. They reconstruct the sequence of events, give an account of how, when, and why man evolved, and draw conclusions based on verifiable facts and well-founded argument. The Chosen Species combines scientific rigor with a spellbinding style that will grip readers as they follow the tale to its end.

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This engaging book tells the story of human evolution, asking if man is indeed the chosen species or merely an evolutionary accident.

Synopsis:

This engaging book tells the story of human evolution, asking if man is indeed the “chosen species” or merely an evolutionary accident.

  • Written by world-renowned paleoanthropologists who are co-directors of the excavations at Atapuerca---a World Heritage Site and Europe’s oldest known burial site---where a new human species, homo antecessor, was discovered

  • Discusses various hypotheses of human evolution, drawing conclusions from verifiable facts and well-founded argument

  • Offers a compelling narrative written for nonspecialists and students of human evolution

  • Includes over 60 illustrations

  • Sold over 100,000 copies in the original Spanish-language edition

About the Author

Juan Luis Arsuaga is Professor of Human Paleontology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Visiting Professor at University College, London, and has been a leading member of the team in charge of the burial site at Atapuerca since 1982.

Ignacio Martínez is Professor of Natural Sciences at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has been a member of the Atapuerca team since 1984.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Prehistory.

Little Lucy.

Intrepid Paleontologists..

Part I: Children of Africa.

1. Basic Principles of Evolutionary Theory.

2. We the Primates.

3. Climate and Evolution.

4. The Origin of Humanity.

5. The Bipedal Chimpanzee.

6. Paranthropus - Hominids of the Open Plains.

7. A New Kind of Hominid.

8. The Evolution of the Brain.

9. Teeth, Guts, Hands, Brain.

10. Development.

11. Social Intelligence.

Summary..

Part II: A New Home.

12. New Locations for Human Evolution.

13. The Neanderthals.

14. The Origins of Modern Humanity: the Fossil Evidence.

15. The Origins of Modern Humanity: The Genetic.

16. The Origins of Human Language.

17. The Meaning of Evolution.

Epilogue.

The Never-ending Story.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405115339
Author:
Anton, Mauricio
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Illustrator:
Anton, Mauricio
Author:
nez, Ignacio
Author:
Arsuaga, Juan Luis de
Author:
iacute
Author:
&
Author:
Martinez, Ignacio
Author:
nez
Author:
Ignacio Mart
Author:
Mart
Author:
#237
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Primates -- Evolution.
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
Biological anthropology
Copyright:
Series Volume:
The Long March of Hu
Publication Date:
August 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.96x6.06x.62 in. .95 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This engaging book tells the story of human evolution, asking if man is indeed the chosen species or merely an evolutionary accident.
"Synopsis" by , This engaging book tells the story of human evolution, asking if man is indeed the “chosen species” or merely an evolutionary accident.

  • Written by world-renowned paleoanthropologists who are co-directors of the excavations at Atapuerca---a World Heritage Site and Europe’s oldest known burial site---where a new human species, homo antecessor, was discovered

  • Discusses various hypotheses of human evolution, drawing conclusions from verifiable facts and well-founded argument

  • Offers a compelling narrative written for nonspecialists and students of human evolution

  • Includes over 60 illustrations

  • Sold over 100,000 copies in the original Spanish-language edition

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