Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
What can fossilized teeth tell us about our ancient life expectancy? What can big data on fossils reveal about farming's problematic role in human evolution? How can simple geometric comparisons of skull and pelvic fossils suggest an origin to our social nature?
In Close Encounters with Humankind, paleoanthropologist Sang-Hee Lee explores some of our biggest evolutionary questions from unexpected new angles. Through a series of entertaining, bite-sized chapters, we gain new perspectives into our first hominin ancestors, our first steps on two feet, our first forays into toolmaking and hunting, and of course our continuing evolution.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 37 minutes|
|Author||Sang-Hee Lee, Shin-Young Yoon|
|Narrator||Emily Woo Zeller|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 20 2018|
|Publisher||HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #241,470 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#128 in Rock & Mineral Nature Field Guides
#342 in Fossils (Books)
#351 in Nature & Ecology of Fossils
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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!!