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Lowly Origin
Author: Jonathan Kingdon

ISBN: 9780691120287
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 30 August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1
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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 tha...

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