Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species Paperback – March 19 2019
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What can fossilized teeth tell us about our ancient ancestors’ life expectancy? Did farming play a problematic role in the history of human evolution? And what do we have in common with Neanderthals? In this captivating bestseller, Close Encounters with Humankind, paleoanthropologist Sang-Hee Lee explores our greatest evolutionary questions from new and unexpected angles. Through a series of entertaining, bite-sized chapters that combine anthropological insight with cutting-edge science, we gain fresh perspectives into our first hominin ancestors and ways to challenge perceptions about the traditional progression of evolution. With Lee as our guide, we discover that we indeed have always been a species of continuous change.
Lee, a paleoanthropologist, tells us much about our evolutionary origins by sorting through our ancestors’ mortal remains.—New York Times Book Review
An exceptionally reader-friendly introduction to human evolution.… Highly accessible, consistently interesting popular science writing.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Sang-Hee Lee has posed some of the big questions in human evolution and has written brief, clear, and jargon-free essays about them. Her informal, clear style and commonsense explanations are delightful and engaging. Brava!—Pat Shipman, professor of anthropology and author of The Invaders
In this insightful collection, Sang-Hee Lee shows herself to be a gifted storyteller, breathing new life into the old bones, with both the intimate knowledge of a practitioner and a dose of cross-cultural scientific sensitivity. A pleasure to read!—Jonathan Marks, professor of anthropology and author of Tales of the Ex-Apes
I have struggled for years to find reading materials that cover the basics of human evolution without overwhelming students with dry, technical minutiae. At last, a book that does this! This book will appeal not only to students, but to anyone who is curious about the world.—Dean Falk, coauthor of Geeks, Genes, and the Evolution of Asperger Syndrome
A terrific introduction to the story of human evolution for someone who is just beginning to explore the field, but even those familiar with the material will find a lot of new information here. An appealing, factual, and entertaining book on the ever-fascinating topic of human evolutionary history.—Wenda Trevathan, author of Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives
Lee uses quick-take chapters and a congenial tone to give us an overview of what paleoanthropology has discovered and how it works.… Think of it as visiting some really old friends.—Library Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : WW Norton; Reprint edition (March 19 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393356760
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393356762
- Item weight : 241 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.03 x 21.08 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best of all is that Lee doesn’t pretend to know anything that isn’t proven nor does she insist on only one explanation. She outlines all the possibilities and gives the reader enough information to decide for her or himself.
Among the interesting discussions are what makes us different from other animals and our predecessors? What is race, really? Who or what is our common ancestor, the first departure from apes? Why did we become bipedal? Why are our infants so dependent on mothering when other species run out of the womb ready for anything?
And why are we just about the only mammalian species where the father plays a role in raising the child (or at least is expected to by societal norms)?
Those are just a few of the discussions intermixed with stories about the Piltdown Man hoax and the controversial discoveries of hobbit and King Kong fossils.
Great book, strongly recommended for those like me who are fascinated on the subject.
This is a book for all ages . Teen-aged children will find it as interesting as adults.
Gert this book. You will not be disappointed, quite the opposite!!