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Human Evolution: Scientific American Special Edition

Reading the cracked brown fragments of fossils and sequences of DNA, scientists have found clues that the story of human origins has more convolutions than previously thought. The account of our shared human heritage now includes more controversial plot twists and mysteries. Was the remarkable seven-million-year-old skull found in July 2002 in Chad really one of our first forebears, or a distant dead-end cousin with precociously evolved features?
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This special edition from Scientific American ranges far and wide across evolutionary science. Revealing and appealing in tone, Mark Moran narrates stories that begin as close to the beginning as possible: The lead story discusses scientists observations in fossil fragments and DNA sequences that provide surprising clues to human origin. Other articles include consideration of the importance of diet changes to evolution; what may be behind variations in skin color; how "birth" has changed; what occurred as neanderthals bred with anatomically modern humans; what makes humans different from extinct hominid species; and even a consideration of cannibalism.

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Reading the cracked brown fragments of fossils and sequences of DNA, scientists have found clues that the story of human origins has more convolutions than previously thought. The account of our shared human heritage now includes more controversial plot twists and mysteries. Was the remarkable seven-million-year-old skull found in July 2002 in Chad really one of our first forebears, or a distant dead-end cousin with precociously evolved features? Did modern humans really originate in Africa alone, as is widely held, or in multiple locales? Were Neandertals the crude, brutish cavemen of comic strips or did they have a refined, artistic culture? And of course, why didn�t our kind perish with the rest of the hominids? Were we luckier, more lingual or just more lethal than the rest?

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      "Excellent, informative, concise"

      This was exactly what I was looking for. It is one of the most concise, informative, and information packed books on human evolution that you will find on Audible. It's like reading a condensed version of four or five books on human evolutionary development in one, as it not only covers various aspects of human evolution (bipedalism, competition with other hominids, tool use, diet, brain size, DNA research, etc.), but also balances the consensus opinions with competing theories/interpretations of data (e.g. an African origin of h. sapiens vs. multiple groups of hominids across Asia and Africa that evolved separately but intermixed).

      I prefer this balanced approach over books that have a specific thesis or unifying theme(s), as they do not provide as much if any balance to the author's point of view, leaving you wondering about the objectivity of the narrative. This book doesn't have a marketing gimmick to skew its presentation of the facts.

      The level of detail in this book is sometimes comparable to a college lecture. For example, this book frequently cites dates and does not shy away from referencing lesser known homo species by name, e.g. "H. antecessor" and "H. ergaster" along with the more familiar "H. erectus" and "H. sapiens", etc. Also, in several instances the book will explain the logic or methodology behind certain assumptions or findings, e.g. how and why mitochondrial DNA can be used to trace maternal lineage back in time to an "Eve", and date her existence. It then usually provides a few examples, mention a few counter-points for balance, and then moves on.

      Unlike a college lecture, the presentation is so well organized and so well paced that it keeps your interest. It never gets bogged down on extraneous details or issues, never sounds like it's wasting space trying to justify a theme, etc. Here are some facts, mechanics, conclusions, examples, counterpoints... next topic.

      The reader is quick, so it's almost like 4 hours of info.

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      Denis Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 03-21-12
      Denis Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 03-21-12 Member Since 2012

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      Where does Human Evolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      I appreciate this category and have listened to many Audible.com books on the subject as well as paper books.


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      The story was told in a non-scientific manner yet still retained scientific principles.


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      The individual performances were very good.


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      No extreme reactions - laughing or crying were not applicable.


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      I would recommend this read.

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      "Too Technical"

      you would have to be an professor of Anthropology to understand 90% of this material.

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