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Human Origins: What Bones and Genomes Tell Us about Ourselves (Texas A&M University Anthropology Series)

DeSalle, Rob; Tattersall, Ian

Verlag: Texas A&M University Press, 2012
ISBN 10: 1603445188 / ISBN 13: 9781603445184
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Titel: Human Origins: What Bones and Genomes Tell ...

Verlag: Texas A&M University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "With the help of pages and pages of colorful illustrations, DeSalle and Tattersall describe the basic principles of genetics and genomics from DNA through mutation and natural selection to phylogeny reconstruction and population movements. They place human evolution in the context of the evolution of all life forms. The final chapters focus on the uniquely human features of the brain and language, and the epilogue ponders our future. Originally written as a companion volume to accompany the new Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History, this book is an exceptionally readable and up-to-date summary of human evolution. It is an authoritative and fun publication that will be accessible to anyone with even the faintest recollection of high school biology or any curiosity whatsoever about how we came to be the way we are." --The Quarterly Review of Biology. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_1603445188

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Inhaltsangabe: Ever since the recognition of the Neanderthals as an archaic human in the mid-nineteenth century, the fossilized bones of extinct humans have been used by paleoanthropologists to explore human origins. These bones told the story of how the earliest humans—bipedal apes, actually—first emerged in Africa some 6 to 7 million years ago. Starting about 2 million years ago, the bones revealed, as humans became anatomically and behaviorally more modern, they swept out of Africa in waves into Asia, Europe and finally the New World.

Even as paleoanthropologists continued to make important discoveries—Mary Leakey?s Nutcracker Man in 1959, Don Johanson?s Lucy in 1974, and most recently Martin Pickford?s Millennium Man, to name just a few—experts in genetics were looking at the human species from a very different angle. In 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick first saw the double helix structure of DNA, the basic building block of all life. In the 1970s it was shown that humans share 98.7% of their genes with the great apes—that in fact genetically we are more closely related to chimpanzees than chimpanzees are to gorillas. And most recently the entire human genome has been mapped—we now know where each of the genes on the chromosomes that make up DNA is located on the double helix.

In Human Origins: What Bones and Genomes Tell Us about Ourselves, two of the world?s foremost scientists, geneticist Rob DeSalle and paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall, show how research into the human genome confirms what fossil bones have told us about human origins. This unprecedented integration of the fossil and genomic records provides the most complete understanding possible of humanity?s place in nature, its emergence from the rest of the living world, and the evolutionary processes that have molded human populations to be what they are today.

Human Origins serves as a companion volume to the American Museum of Natural History?s new permanent exhibit, as well as standing alone as an accessible overview of recent insights into what it means to be human.

Über den Autor: ROB DESALLE is co-director of the Molecular Systematics Laboratories and curator of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology.IAN TATTERSALL is curator in the Division of Anthropology, both at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

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