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Lone Survivors

How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth

Lone Survivors by Chris Stringer
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A leading researcher on human evolution proposes a new and controversial theory of how our species came to be

In this groundbreaking and engaging work of science, world-renowned paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer sets out a new theory of humanity's origin, challenging both the multiregionalists (who hold that modern humans developed from ancient ancestors in different parts of the world) and his own "out of Africa" theory, which maintains that humans emerged rapidly in one small part of Africa and then spread to replace all other humans within and outside the continent. Stringer's new theory, based on archeological and genetic evidence, holds that distinct humans coexisted and competed across the African continent—exchanging genes, tools, and behavioral strategies.

Stringer draws on analyses of old and new fossils from around the world, DNA studies of Neanderthals (using the full genome map) and other species, and recent archeological digs to unveil his new theory. He shows how the most sensational recent fossil findings fit with his model, and he questions previous concepts (including his own) of modernity and how it evolved.
Lone Survivors will be the definitive account of who and what we were, and will change perceptions about our origins and about what it means to be human.

Henry Holt and Co.; March 2012
320 pages; ISBN 9781429973441
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Title: Lone Survivors
Author: Chris Stringer
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The only humans left on Earth - New Scientist (blog)
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:37:16 -0700
The only humans left on EarthNew Scientist (blog)IN THE final chapter of Lone Survivors, Chris Stringer, a palaeontologist ...
Gap Between Neanderthals and Us Narrows, But Does Not Close - National Geographic
Fri, 02 May 2014 11:49:13 -0700
National GeographicGap Between Neanderthals and Us Narrows, But Does Not CloseNational GeographicWe asked paleoanthropologist ...