Becoming Human by Ian Tattersall
Evolution and Human Uniqueness

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“In this superbly written book, Ian Tattersall combines his unique knowledge of the human fossil record, Paleolithic archeology, primate behavior, prehistoric art, as well as the workings of the human brain...to offer a convincing scenario of how we have come to hold dominion over the earth” (Donald Johanson, Scientific american).
 

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Ian Tattersall is curator of human evolution at the American Museum of Natural History, and the author of many books and articles. His most recent book, Becoming Human, won the distinguished W.W. Howells Prize of the American Anthropological Association. An expert on both fossil humans and lemurs, he has done fieldwork in places as varied as Madagascar, Yemen, and Vietnam. He lives in New York City.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. 270 pages
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 The latest entry into the who-are-we-and- where-did-we-come-from debate is from Tattersall (The Fossil Trail, 1995, etc.), the highly regarded fossil expert and curator of the department of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

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What defining characteristic, if any, separates us from the rest of creation? Many books on human evolution (from Teilhard de Chardin's The Phenomenon of Man to Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct a

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He presents himself throughout as a man of strongly held opinions, confident that the ""out of Africa"" model of human evolution is far superior to the ""multi-regional"" hypothesis, that Neanderthals could not speak as we do and that ""punctuated equilibrium"" (the theory that isolated genetic i...

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