The Resource Origins reconsidered : in search of what makes us human, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin

Origins reconsidered : in search of what makes us human, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin

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Origins reconsidered : in search of what makes us human
Title
Origins reconsidered
Title remainder
in search of what makes us human
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Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin
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Language
eng
Summary
In Origins Reconsidered, Richard Leakey, one of the most respected and influential scientists of our time, takes us on a brilliant and provocative journey through human history. Beginning with his landmark discoveries at Lake Turkana, and including his fascinating reassessment of how we became "human"--And what, after all, being human really means - Leakey concludes with a glimpse of what our evolutionary future may hold. In 1984, Richard Leakey and his "Hominid Gang" of fossil hunters discovered fragments of a boy's skull that were more than 1.5 million years old. They soon unearthed virtually the entire skeleton of what was dubbed the "Turkana Boy" and recognized as one of the most significant paleoanthropological discoveries of all time. But while his Turkana Boy caused a sensation in the media and throughout the world of science, Leakey himself was restless. Yes, the existing fossil record of our prehistory was impressive. But there were more elusive matters to consider. For Richard Leakey the most compelling question is no longer "How did we physically evolve?" It is, instead, "How did we become human?" For this world-renowned paleoanthropologist it is a humbling reminder that no matter how complete the skeleton, how perfect the fossil, there is a gap in our knowledge. Our ancestors evolved from two-legged scavengers into creatures that create. They learned to make stone tools, to communicate, to build shelters, and to hunt for food. This realization sparked Leakey to return to his earlier work - especially his 1977 book, Origins - to poke holes in his previous beliefs and to reflect anew on what makes us who we are. As he gently admits, considerations like these are usually left to philosophers, not scientists. But again and again, he is faced with his own guiding principle: "The past is the key to our future." In this seminal work, Leakey incorporates ideas from philosophy, anthropology, molecular biology, and even linguistics, to investigate not only how we evolved anatomically, but how we acquired the qualities that make us human - consciousness, creativity, and culture
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DLC
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Leakey, Richard E
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN31.2
LC item number
.L4 1992
Literary form
non fiction
NLM call number
GN 31.2
NLM item number
L435o 1992
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Lewin, Roger
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  • Anthropology
  • Human evolution
  • Antiquities, Prehistoric
  • Anthropology
  • Biological Evolution
  • Fossils
  • Hominidae
  • Homme
  • Homme préhistorique
  • Anthropologie
  • Homme
  • Antropologia
  • Evolucao humana
  • Anthropologie
  • Evolution
  • Mensch
  • Paläanthropologie
  • Anthropology
  • Antiquities
  • Antiquities, Prehistoric
  • Human evolution
  • Africa, East
  • Afrique orientale anglophone
  • Ostafrika
  • Africa, East
Label
Origins reconsidered : in search of what makes us human, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Contents
pt. 1. In Search of the Turkana Boy. 1. To West Turkana. 2. A Giant Lake. 3. The Turkana Boy -- pt. 2. In Search of Beginnings. 4. Of Myths and Molecules. 5. Upright Apes and Family Relations. 6. The Human Bush. 7. The Black Skull -- pt. 3. In Search of Humanity. 8. Human Origins. 9. This Way Lies Humanity. 10. A Pendulum Swings Too Far. 11. The Human Milieu -- pt. 4. In Search of Modern Humans. 12. The Mystery of Modern Humans. 13. Mitochondrial Eve and Human Violence -- pt. 5. In Search of the Modern Human Mind. 14. The Loom of Language. 15. Evidence of Mind. 16. Murder in a Zoo. 17. Consciousness: Mirror on the Mind. 18. Windows on Other Worlds -- pt. 6. In Search of the Future. 19. Origins Reconsidered
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxii, 375 p., [24] p. of plates
Isbn
9780385412643
Lccn
92006661
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25373161
  • (OCoLC)ocm25373161
Label
Origins reconsidered : in search of what makes us human, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin
Publication
Note
Includes index
Contents
pt. 1. In Search of the Turkana Boy. 1. To West Turkana. 2. A Giant Lake. 3. The Turkana Boy -- pt. 2. In Search of Beginnings. 4. Of Myths and Molecules. 5. Upright Apes and Family Relations. 6. The Human Bush. 7. The Black Skull -- pt. 3. In Search of Humanity. 8. Human Origins. 9. This Way Lies Humanity. 10. A Pendulum Swings Too Far. 11. The Human Milieu -- pt. 4. In Search of Modern Humans. 12. The Mystery of Modern Humans. 13. Mitochondrial Eve and Human Violence -- pt. 5. In Search of the Modern Human Mind. 14. The Loom of Language. 15. Evidence of Mind. 16. Murder in a Zoo. 17. Consciousness: Mirror on the Mind. 18. Windows on Other Worlds -- pt. 6. In Search of the Future. 19. Origins Reconsidered
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxii, 375 p., [24] p. of plates
Isbn
9780385412643
Lccn
92006661
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25373161
  • (OCoLC)ocm25373161

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