Lone Survivors by Chris Stringer
How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth

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More than anything, the book impresses us with how much we still have to learn about our roots.
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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.

 

About Chris Stringer

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Chris Stringer is the author of The Complete World of Human Evolution, Homo britannicus, and more than two hundred books and papers on the subject of human evolution. One of the world's foremost paleoanthropologists, he is a researcher at the Natural History Museum in London and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has three children and lives in Sussex and London.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Times Books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 16 2012

...intense, detailed account of what the world’s anthropologists are doing, thinking and quarreling about.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Nov 14 2011

More than anything, the book impresses us with how much we still have to learn about our roots.

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Christopher

Good
Reviewed by Christopher on Apr 13 2012

One of the most comprehensive overviews of the current state-of-knowledge associated with our human origins that I've read.

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