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  • Human Purpose and Transhuman Potentialby Ted Chu

    Origin Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    For millennia, great thinkers have contemplated the meaning and purpose of human existence; but while most assumed that humanity was the end point of creation or the pinnacle of evolution, Ted Chu makes the provocative claim that the human race may in fact be a means rather than an end?that humankind will give rise to evolutionary successors. In this... more...

  • The Improbable Primateby Clive Finlayson

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 18.99

    In this fresh and provocative view of a seven-million-year evolutionary journey, Finlayson demonstrates the radical implications for the interpretation of fossils and technologies and shows that understanding humans within an ecological context provides insights into the emergence and spread of Homo sapiens worldwide. Finlayson argues that environmental... more...

  • Landscape of the Mindby John F. Hoffecker

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 59.99

    John F. Hoffecker explores the origin and growth of the mind, drawing on information from the human fossil record, archaeology, and history. Hoffecker argues that, as an indirect result of bipedal locomotion, early humans developed a feedback relationship among their hands, brains, and tools, evolving the capacity to externalize thoughts in the form... more...

  • Meeting the Familyby Donovan Webster; Spencer Wells

    National Geographic Society 2010; US$ 26.00

    Donovan Webster brings his vivid journalistic gifts to a new subject, tracing our deep genealogy using cutting-edge DNA research to map our eons-old journey from prehistoric Africa into the modern world. With the same genetic haplotype as many white American males, Webster makes an ideal subject?he is a genuine Everyman. While his voice and spirit... more...

  • Mind Warsby Ian McFadyen

    Allen & Unwin 2000; US$ 25.44

    Develops the suggestion that ideas can be transmitted across societies and generations and are subject to natural selection in the same way as are physical characteristics, a concept first proposed by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene . more...

  • Missing Linksby John Reader

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 25.99

    This is the story of the search for human origins - from the Middle Ages, when questions of the earth's antiquity first began to arise, through to the latest genetic discoveries that show the interrelatedness of all living creatures. Central to the story is the part played by fossils - first, in establishing the age of the Earth; then, following... more...

  • The Neanderthal Legacyby Paul A. Mellars

    Princeton University Press 1995; US$ 39.95

    The Neanderthals populated western Europe from nearly 250,000 to 30,000 years ago when they disappeared from the archaeological record. In turn, populations of anatomically modern humans, Homo sapiens, came to dominate the area. Seeking to understand the nature of this replacement, which has become a hotly debated issue, Paul Mellars brings together... more...

  • Neanderthals in Walesby Stephen Aldhouse-Green; Rick Peterson; Elizabeth A. Walker

    Oxbow Books 2012; US$ 45.00

    The final publication of results of the excavations at Pontnewydd cave in north-east Wales has been eagerly awaited. The site was investigated as part of the Palaeolithic Settlement of Wales Research Programme, which has been responsible for transforming understanding of the nature of human settlement on the very margins of Eurasia by early Neanderthals.... more...

  • Out of Africa Iby John G Fleagle; John J. Shea; Frederick E. Grine; Andrea L. Baden; Richard E. Leakey

    Springer Netherlands 2010; US$ 139.00

    This book examines the first expansion of hominins from Africa into Eurasia, two million years ago. Experts address such questions as Why did hominins not disperse earlier? Was there more than one dispersal? Did other mammal species move northward as well? more...

  • Patterns of Growth and Development in the Genus Homoby J. L. Thompson; G. E. Krovitz; A. J. Nelson

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 52.00

    This 2003 book focuses on species within the genus Homo to investigate the evolutionary origins of characteristic human patterns. more...