Humans: An Unauthorized Biography by Claudio TunizHumans: An Unauthorized Biography by Claudio Tuniz

Humans: An Unauthorized Biography

byClaudio Tuniz, Patrizia Tiberi Vipraio

Paperback | June 2, 2016

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Based on the latest scientific discoveries, this "unauthorized biography" of the Humans recounts the story of our distant ancestors during the past 6 million years, since the line of our extended family separated from that leading to modern chimpanzees. The book explains how different species evolved, both anatomically and cognitively, and describes the impacts of climatic and environmental change on this process. It also explores the nature of relationships within and between species, describes their everyday lives, and discusses how isolated individuals became members of larger social groups. The concluding chapters highlight the paramount importance of the emergence of symbolic thought and discuss its contribution to the formation of institutions, societies, and economies. The multifaceted picture that emerges will help the reader to make sense not only of "what we were", but also of "what we are", here and now. The book is both entertaining and rigorous in integrating results from a wide selection of disciplines. It will be particularly suitable for people with a curious and open mind, keen to overcome long-standing prejudices on man's place in nature.
Claudio Tuniz is a scientist at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and an Associated Scientist at the Fermi Centre in Rome. He is also Visiting Professor at the Centre for Archaeological Science of the University of Wollongong in Australia and Visiting Scientist  at the Australian Nuclear Sc...
Title:Humans: An Unauthorized BiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.02 inPublished:June 2, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319310194

ISBN - 13:9783319310190


Table of Contents

History, prehistory & deep time.- Genesis.- Star Wars bar.- The apes and us.- The quest for fire.- The naked ape.- Lucy and the others.- Yesterday's menu.- Ancient remedies for ancient diseases.- Hominin's life.- The dear departed in the Pleistocene.- Brain readers.- All the power to imagination.- Primordial economics.- (Not) conclusive remarks.

Editorial Reviews

"This great little book deserves to be read by all people concerned to understand where we, as a species, came from and how the challenges we now face reflect that long historical evolution. Serious engagement with understanding our 'deep history' takes us into the realms of anthropology, archaeology, natural history, geology and geography." (Frank Stilwell, Journal of Australian Political Economy, Issue 79, 2017)