- ISBN: 8833922324
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 222
Tattersall's work is a fascinating exploration of human evolution and the separate species that led up to our own, as well as the true details which make us a unique species. Detailing anthropological discoveries from around the world, along with case studies and experiments related to primates and
Readable book about the human animal, its primate cousins, distant and not so distant ancestors. Why did our species make it and the Neanderthals fail? Why are we so much better at using tools and more linguistically talented than our nearest primate relatives or any one else? May be a bit our of da Leggi tutto
A little dated (what with new research turning up human ancestors every day it seems, and with new research suggesting ape-like body styles are a new adaptation, not an old one), and sometimes dry. Still, it's a masterful treatment of the subject. Well worth the read.
This was an interesting read. They chose related articles. It wasn't mind blowing but was worth reading if you like evolution. After learning more about human evolution, I feel like they could have chosen better topics.
An elegantly written summary of the history of human evolution - Tattersall's writing is entertaining as well as erudite. However, the book was written in 1998, so it misses recent updates in the field. For example, the author highlights the differences between European early modern humans and Neand Leggi tutto
A good primer for the lay person on human evolutionary history. There are other subjects in this short book, which may be akin to a few university lectures where the professor flits from topic to topic. The other subjects include cognition, consciousness, the differences between apes and us, our cap Leggi tutto
Another great story from Tattersall. Published in 1998 so just a touch dated.
The beautiful and the ugly about human animals Tattersall gives us primitive social history; a bounded evolutionary history; and a most surprising – though distressing – anatomical history of these expensive organs we carry about in our skulls. Expensive because they consume over 20% of our calories Leggi tutto
I usually tend to focus on the *commonalities* between us and the other primates, but this is an interesting book describing the evolutionary history of humanity's *unique* attributes. Particularly, the modern vocal tract seems to have arisen as an exaptation for language; symbolism and true speech
I've been a little lax in posting, so am hoping to catch up a bit tonight. :) I finished reading Becoming Human: Evolution and Human Uniqueness by Ian Tattersall about three weeks ago. This book discusses aspects of human evolution and how people differ from our closest living relatives - chimpanzee Leggi tutto
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