Lowly Origin: Where, When, and why Our Ancestors First Stood Up

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Princeton University Press, 2003 - 396 עמודים

Our ability to walk on two legs is not only a characteristic human trait but one of the things that made us human in the first place. Once our ancestors could walk on two legs, they began to do many of the things that apes cannot do: cross wide open spaces, manipulate complex tools, communicate with new signal systems, and light fires. Titled after the last two words of Darwin's Descent of Man and written by a leading scholar of human evolution, Lowly Origin is the first book to explain the sources and consequences of bipedalism to a broad audience. Along the way, it accounts for recent fossil discoveries that show us a still incomplete but much bushier family tree than most of us learned about in school.

Jonathan Kingdon uses the very latest findings from ecology, biogeography, and paleontology to build a new and up-to-date account of how four-legged apes became two-legged hominins. He describes what it took to get up onto two legs as well as the protracted consequences of that step--some of which led straight to modern humans and others to very different bipeds. This allows him to make sense of recently unearthed evidence suggesting that no fewer than twenty species of humans and hominins have lived and become extinct. Following the evolution of two-legged creatures from our earliest lowly forebears to the present, Kingdon concludes with future options for the last surviving biped.

A major new narrative of human evolution, Lowly Origin is the best available account of what it meant--and what it means--to walk on two feet.

 

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Preface to a Selfportrait from the Center of the World
1
On Being a Primate From Gondwana to the Forests of Egypt
38
On Being an Ape
75
On Being a Ground Ape
115
On Becoming a Biped Evolution By Basin Domes Rifts and Floodplains
151
On Being a Manipulative Manape Isolation in the South
194
On the Uncertainties of Becoming Human Mainline Sideline or Parallel Humans?
227
On Going Far with Fire Africans Go Abroad
260
On Being a Selfmade Human The Modern Diaspora
291
In Conclusion Confessions of a Repentant Vandal
333
Plants Known to Be Especially Favored by Humans and Other Primates
371
Index
375
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Jonathan Kingdon is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Biological Anthropology and Department of Zoology of Oxford University. He is the author of and artist for numerous books, including Self-Made Man and Island Africa (Princeton). The Millennium issue of American Scientist named Kingdon's Atlas of Evolution in Africa one of the "100 books that shaped a century of science.

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