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A Story of Us (inbunden)

A Story of Us

A New Look at Human Evolution

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Changes in the environment drive evolution, and evidence suggests that our ancestors evolved to use cultural adaptations to survive environmental fluctuations of great severity. In A Story of Us, Lesley Newson and Peter Richerson explain the evidence and ideas that provide an account of how they coped, using short descriptive stories to illustrate life at different stages of our evolutionary history.
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  1. En mycket god sammanfattning av forskningsläget.
    Per Kraulis (Stockholm), 17 februari 2022

    En av de bästa sammanfattningarna jag läst om vad som är känt om människans evolution. Det handlar om hur människan blev så samarbetsinriktad och hur kultur (i vid mening) uppstod och påverkade evolutionen för våra föregångare. Texten beskriver på ett lättläst sätt vad som är känt eller okänt, vilka teorier som finns, och vilka kontroverser som pågår just nu. Den använder korta fiktiva berättelser som ett sätt att illustrera, ett annorlunda tillvägagångssätt i populärvetenskap som fungerar bra.

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  • Story of Us

    Lesley Newson, Peter Richerson

    It's time for a story of human evolution that goes beyond describing &quote;ape-men&quote; and talks about what women and children were doing.In a few decades, a torrent of new evidence and ideas about human evolution has allowed scientists to pie...

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Yvanna Todorova, Evolutionary Anthropology Encapsulating seven million years of human history can be challenging; however, the authors have done a brilliant job of extrapolating key themes and explaining them in a consumable format. An additional strength of this book is the acknowledgment of females and children in the evolutionary journey. In closing, this book is a great read for people of all levels of background in evolutionary science, who want to learn more about the recent findings in this field.

Michael Ruse, Quarterly Review of Biology This is a splendid book ... Sometimes a book really works and this is one such case.

leonardo.info ... a smart and engaging book by two seasoned thinkers and scientific writers... The stories embedded in each chapter by Newson and Richerson are ingenious, appealing, and reflect the solid scholarly material presented simply and directly before and after any given story. All the pieces fit together nicely... enjoyably readable and profoundly informative about the power of cultural evolution.

Kevin Laland, author of Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind A Story of Us provides a thoroughly modern and refreshingly gender-balanced analysis of human evolution. Accurate and authoritative, with superb illustrations, and innovative use of storytelling to bring the science to life, Lesley Newson and Peter Richerson have produced an exceptional book. Readers are not only given an up-to-date precis of human evolution, but also treated to an expert analysis of the role of culture as a driver of evolutionary adaptation
and a much-needed critique of 'human nature.'

Robert D. Martin, Emeritus Curator of Biological Anthropology, The Field Museum in Chicago and Academic Guest, Institute for Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zrich Jargon-free books about human origins are rare as hens' teeth. A Story of Usan easily readable 'new look' by biologists Lesley Newson and Peter Richersonis hence extremely welcome. It displays an expert command of recent developments in fields ranging from anatomy and behavior through fossils to genetics, providing an engaging account of our evolution over the past 7 million years. The focus on social behavior and cooperation offsets past
over-emphasis on competitiveness and aggression. It's also refreshing to see proper inclusion of women and youngsters, typically pale background figures in previous accounts.

Richard Wrangham, Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University A Story of Us hits all the right notes in imagining what life was like at seven major stopping-points of the human journey from our ape ancestors. Original, colorful and well-informed, Newson and Richerson's time machine is a beautifully conceived introduction to the evolutionary science of us.

Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York UniversityStern Schoo...

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Lesley Newson is a research associate at the University of California, Davis. Peter J. Richerson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis.


Chapter 1: Getting Beyond the Ape-Men Chapter 2: Ape Ancestor (About 7 Million Years Ago) Chapter 3: Apes that Walked Upright (About 3 Million Years Ago) Chapter 4: Early Humans (About 1.5 Million Years Ago) Chapter 5: Humans Like Us (About 100 Thousand Years Ago) Chapter 6: Ice Age Humans (About 30,000 Years Ago) Chapter 7: Building Today's World Chapter 8: Another Transformation - Modern Times Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index