Origins Reconsidered by Richard E. Leakey
In Search of What Makes Us Human

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The world-famous paleoanthropologist describes his fossil hunting at Lake Turkana and reassesses human prehistory, incorporating ideas from philosophy, anthropology, molecular biology, and linguistics to explore how humans acquired the qualities of consciousness and humanity. Tour.
 

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Leakey is the world's most famous living paleoanthropologist. Roger Lewin is a prize-winning author and wrote the acclaimed Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos; recipient of the inaugural Lewis Thomas Award for excellence in the communication of life sciences; and the 1992 Award for contribution to issues in conservation by the Society of Conservation Biology. Between 1990 and 1993, he was a visiting professor in biology at Wayne State University, and an associate of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University from 1993 to 1998. He speaks frequently around the world at conferences on complexity science and business.
 
Published October 14, 1993 by Abacus. 375 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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Less enticing, perhaps, is Leakey's philosophical materialism, in which the sole reason for human intelligence is our ``need to understand and outwit others in the drive for reproductive success.'' A few years ago, Leakey turned in his paleontological pickaxe;

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Famed paleoanthropologist Leakey relates an intellectual odyssey, describing his discoveries of human origins and his reflections on the nature of humanity. Photos. (Oct.)

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Famed paleoanthropologist Leakey relates an intellectual odyssey, describing his discoveries of human origins and his reflections on the nature of humanity.

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Famed paleoanthropologist Leakey begins this first-person odyssey with an informal account of his 1984 discovery in East Africa of the ``Turkana boy,'' a 1.5-million-year-old Homo erectus skeleton.

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This is clearly a highly charged question, but Leakey and many other authorities now opt for the latter alternative, and hold that all living humans share descent from an 'African Eve' who lived as few as 150,000 years ago.

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