The Monkey in the Mirror by Ian Tattersall
Essays on the Science of What Makes Us Human

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Nothing fascinates us more than explorations of human origins,
and nobody tells the story better than Ian Tattersall.

What makes us so different? How did we get this way? How do we know? And what exactly are we? These questions are what make human evolution a subject of general fascination. Ian Tattersall, one of those rare scientists who is also a graceful writer, addresses them in this delightful book.

Writing in an informal essay style, Tattersall leads the reader around the world and into the far reaches of the past, showing what the science of human evolution is up against-from the sparsity of evidence to the pressures of religious fundamentalism. Looking with dispassion and humor at our origins, Tattersall offers a wholly new definition of what it is to be human.

Delightful stories, scientific wisdom, fresh insight-the perfect science book.

 

About Ian Tattersall

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Ian Tattersall is curator of Human Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History and the author of eleven books and many articles. Becoming Human won the distinguished W. W. Howells Prize of the American Anthropological Association. Tattersall lives in New York City.
 
Published November 8, 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 224 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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Halfway through, Tattersall turns to our immediate ancestors and asks the traditional question: What is the single change that set our ancestors apart from apes and placed them on the path to becoming human?

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The Monkey in the Mirror Ian Tattersall OUP £17.99, pp224 In a dimly lit recess of the Gibraltar Museum, a strange skull with a beetle brow and low forehead used to glower at the occasional, perplexed tourist who wandered in from the colony's sun and warm beer.

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Tattersall, the curator of human evolution at the American Museum of Natural History and a prolific author (Becoming Human, etc.), laments in his preface that the book's contents "take you where they will" and do not necessarily lead from one to the next—but he is just being modest.

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